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Suspect named in fatal shooting of parolee in Channahon area

James F. Hess
James F. Hess

A suspect has been named in the fatal shooting of a recent parolee, which occurred Friday night at a family party near Channahon.

James F. Hess, 65, is charged with one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm in the death of 29-year-old Nathan Hofkamp, a news release from the Will County Sheriff's Office stated.

Hofkamp was pronounced dead early Saturday morning at the Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center emergency room in Joliet, according to the Will County Coroner's Office.

Hofkamp had just been released from prison and was celebrating with family at a residence in the 25000 block of Canal Road in unincorporated Will County near Channahon when a disturbance broke out, a sheriff's office news release stated.

About 11:25 p.m. Friday, Hess allegedly became upset and shot Hofkamp in the chest, according to the sheriff's office. Hess is being held in the Will County jail and further charges are pending review of the Will County State's Attorney's Office. He is scheduled to appear in court 9 a.m. Monday.

Hess, who lives on Canal Road with Hofkamp's mother, was charged with battery in 2011 and granted court supervision, according to Will County court records. He was also given court supervision in 2010 for a charge of property damage in connection with a 2009 incident. Additionally in 2010, Hess was charged with domestic battery and interfering with the reporting of domestic violence, but those charges were dropped.

Hofkamp had been serving a sentence for theft and aggravated assault at Vienna Correctional Center and was scheduled to be paroled Friday, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records. He had previously served time for theft, drug possession and burglary.

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