A well-known local resident has died, following an incident in Bloomington, Illinois, on Friday, June 25.
Bloomington Police officers and Bloomington Firefighters were dispatched to a hotel on Brickyard Drive in the city for an unconscious person at approximately 12:50 a.m.
Upon arrival, officers located a 44-year-old male, who was lying on the ground unconscious and bleeding from his head. The victim was transported by Bloomington Fire Department to OSF St. Joseph's Emergency Room and was later transported to OSF St. Francis in Peoria.
Officers began investigating the incident and learned the suspect, identified as Anthony R. Gillespie, 39, of Bloomington, Illinois, had punched the victim. At approximately 1:30 a.m., officers arrested Gillespie in the 300 block of E. Wood St in Bloomington, while they were conducting follow up on the incident. Gillespie was arrested without incident and was later transported to the McLean County Jail. The McLean County State's Attorney charged Anthony R. Gillespie with one count each of aggravated battery, great bodily harm, and two counts of obstructing justice.
The victim, identified as James G. Noplos, 44, of Fergus Falls, was in serious and critical condition in OSF St. Francis in Peoria, Illinois for most of the weekend and this week seeking medical treatment. On Wednesday, June 30, Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood declared Noplos deceased. The cause of death listed was blunt force head trauma.
This incident is still under investigation. Bloomington Police say no additional information will be released at this time.
A GoFundMe site has been set up for the family due to excessive bills from the life-flight, hospital expenses and neurosurgery. The fund will also help the family with the unexpected bills associated with Jimmy's surgeries, care and other expenses that occurred. You can help by visiting: gofundme.com/f/jimmy-noplos-family.