Man who had TB could face more jail time

By Anna Carrera

Published 05/05 2014 10:27PM

Updated 05/06 2014 09:05AM

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- A Champaign man who had tuberculosis could face more time in jail. Christian Ibanda was ordered to stay home after being diagnosed with TB. He violated that order and was thrown in jail. Now he's being charged with indirect criminal contempt.

Last month, Ibanda didn't show up for his first court appearance. Prosecutors say they're not surprised he showed up Monday because of how this escalated. Ibanda needed a French interpreter to translate to his native language.

"He [the defense attorney] has a responsibility to make sure Mr. Ibanda understands what's happening and we certainly want that as well," said Assistant State's Attorney David DeThorne. "It would be inappropriate, improper, immoral, unlawful for us to do something the defendant didn't really understand."

The original isolation order has been dropped since Ibanda isn't contagious anymore. But, he still faces charges for violating it. Ibanda already spent about two weeks in jail. He could face up to 100 days behind bars or a $500 fine.

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