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Andrea T. Cates, daughter of Rockford Ald. Ann Thompson (D-7), appeared in court Oct. 18 to face a Class 4 Felony. Cates waived arraignment and entered a not guilty plea to the charge of Reckless Discharge of a Firearm. If found guilty, Cates could face two to five years in jail and up to a $25,000 fine.
Cates, who serves as assistant director of finance for the Rockford Housing Authority, was originally charged with Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, a Class 1 Felony punishable by up to 15 years.
The 39-year-old Rockford woman was arrested Sept. 2 after allegedly firing a shot in the direction of Delvin Dixon, Cates business partner. The incident occurred inside The Real Thing Clothing store at 3702 N. Main St., and was recorded by a security camera system.
The recording was entered into discovery evidence Oct. 18 by Assistant States Attorney Wendy Larson.
Judge Richard Vidal granted the states motion for a protective order, and the case was continued to Nov. 8.
From the Oct. 25-31, 2006, issue