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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Bartlett Man Sentenced to Two Years for Punching/Kicking Special Needs Grocery Bagger

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that a Bartlett man has been sentenced to two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for punching and kicking a Jewel grocery store bagger last summer. Bruce Mirabella, 51 (d.o.b. 9/6/1968), of 201 Patricia Lane, appeared in Court this morning in front of Judge Brian Telander, who imposed the sentence. On March 4, 2020, immediately following a four-hour-long bench trial, Judge Telander found Mirabella guilty of one count of Aggravated Battery, a Class 3 Felony. Following the guilty verdict, Judge Telander revoked Mirabella’s bond and he was taken into custody. Mirabella had previously been out on bond after posting 10%, or $5,000 of his $50,000 bond.

On July 22, 2019, officers with the Bartlett Police Department responded to the Jewel grocery store located on Sterns Road in response to a battery of a store employee. Through their investigation, officers learned that at approximately 9:45 p.m., Mirabella went to the store to purchase alcohol. While in the checkout line, Mirabella punched the victim, a bagger who has special needs, in the face and then kicked him in his left back area before fleeing the store. Bartlett Police Department took Mirabella into custody a short time later from his home.          

“Without provocation and with malicious intent, Bruce Mirabella violently attacked an innocent man at work,” Berlin said. “What I find particularly upsetting about Mr. Mirabella’s inexcusable behavior is the fact that the victim in this case was a special needs individual who posed no threat to Mr. Mirabella whatsoever. This morning, Mr. Mirabella learned that his inability to control himself will cost him the next two years of his freedom. I would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Bethany Jackson and Nick Catizone for their efforts in holding Mr. Mirabella responsible for his actions.”       

Mirabella will be required to serve 50% of his sentence before being eligible for parole.