A Chicago man faces a possible prison sentence for pretending that a truck he parked outside of the Hollywood Casino in Aurora contained an explosive device.
Kane County Circuit Judge Donald Tegeler Jr. on Friday found Mustadin Muadinov, 30, of the 8500 block of West Rascher Ave., Chicago, guilty of the offense of disorderly conduct, a felony. Muadinov waived his right to a jury trial.
Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Joseph Cullen and Jake Matekaitis presented evidence during the four-day trial that the evening of Feb. 12, 2019, Muadinov intentionally led officials and police at the Hollywood Casino in Aurora to believe that a bomb was concealed in a box truck he parked in front of the casino, prompting the evacuation of approximately 175 casino patrons and employees, according to a news release from the Kane County State's Attorney's Office.
“We live in a time when public safety officials and innocent civilians alike take threats of mass casualties seriously," Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon said in the release. "The response to this incident by Aurora’s first responders, as well as this prosecution, demonstrate that threats of mass violence are not viewed lightly and that the protection of the public is paramount."
Muadinov’s next court appearance is set for Dec. 11 for motions and sentencing. Muadinov faces a sentence between 2 and 5 years in prison or probation.
Tegeler revoked Muadinov's bond and ordered him to remain in custody at the Kane County jail, where he has been held since his arrest in lieu of $700,000 bail.