Aggravated battery plea in shooting incident

Robert Fraker, 62, of Windsor plead guilty to aggravated battery.

Robert A. Fraker, 62, of Windsor, has pleaded guilty in Shelby County Court to an amended charge of aggravated battery, causing great bodily harm, and was sentenced to two years in Department of Corrections in connection with a shooting last September in Windsor.

Windsor police say Fraker shot another Windsor man in the lower abdomen during an altercation Sept. 15, 2018 at 7:14 p.m. in the 1000 block of Indiana Avenue. The victim has since been identified as Toby L. Collins of Windsor. Bail was set at $500,000, according to court records, and Fraker remained in custody until his plea on June 19. He is in the process of being remanded to DOC. As of the day of his plea, Fraker got credit for 278 days served.

After the incident, Fraker was identified by an eyewitness and was located in the 1100 block of Maine Street, and police recovered a firearm in his according to then-Windsor Police Chief J.T. Boyer. According to Shelby County State's Attorney Gina Vonderheide, Fraker was the legal owner of the firearm.

Boyer said the two men have had a long-going feud, and "one finally succumbed."

"I've been with the police department for six years and lived in Windsor for 24, and I don't think there has ever been a shooting," Boyer said.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Moultrie County Sheriff's Office, Findlay Police Department and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police assisted Windsor Police Department in the investigation.

Collins, 35, has had 10 previous charges in Shelby County, including five criminal misdemeanor charges, including trespassing, battery, and criminal damage to property, a DUI, and four Criminal felony charges. The latest felony charge stemmed from Collins allegedly trespassing on Fraker's property and striking him. That was in early 2018.

According to court records, Fraker had been issued a subpoena in that case about a week before the incident. Authorities say Fraker went to talk to Collins. According to Vonderheide, a witness saw Fraker and Collins talking in what looked like a friendly manner, but it didn't last long. The shooting then occurred, the prosecutor said. Collins was listed in stable condition at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana immediately after the incident.

Vonderheide said that "based on what the court could prove" Fraker pleaded guilty to the amended charge of aggravated battery, which is a felony. Fraker had no previous charges against him in Shelby County.

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