In a negotiated plea during court this morning, Friday, October 17 Robert Divelbiss, of rural Bradford, pled guilty to attempted murder while discharging a firearm and was sentenced to 26 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections effective immediately.
Divelbiss attempted to kill his brother-in-law Steven Chesser at their rural Bradford residence almost two years ago on October 224, 2012 after an argument ensued.
Divelbiss had been living with Chesser and his wife, sister of Divelbiss for several years prior to the incident. During the shooting, Chesser was wounded in the left arm by a bullet discharged from a firearm yielded by Divelbiss.
In a statement that evening, which Divelbiss denied saying in court this morning, he said, “I hope he’s dead”, when asked where Chesser was by law enforcement officials.
The 57-year-old Divelbiss must serve 85% of the 26 years or 22.1 years, with two years credit for time served in the Stark County jail. He must also perform three years of mandatory supervised release (parole) after his release from IDOC when he will be 77-years-old.