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Home invasion victim speaks out

Jeremy Gulley Jeremy Gulley
Mitch Cornaghie Mitch Cornaghie

By Arnold Wyrick

HARRISBURG, IL (KFVS) - It was shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday December 27th when Mitch Cornaghie of Harrisburg says he was brutally attacked in his own home.

"Someone knocked on my door and I got up out of bed and went to see who it was," Cornaghie said.  "They'd covered the 'peep-hole' so I thought it was one of my friends because they always do that.  I opened the door and he pushed me back.  I tried to rationalize with him, and that's when the fists started coming.  I think he hit me right in the nose."

He says the man attacking him was 19-year-old Jeremy Gulley.

"I tired to stand up and he drove a knee right into my temple, which caused a bad concussion," Cornaghie said.  "I think I got another two or three knees to the head.  I was bleeding all over the place."

So Cornaghie says he covered up and went to the ground on his hands and knees.

"He took his hands and pushed them into the back of my head trying to drive my face into the floor of my apartment," Cornaghie said.

"Finally I was able to throw one of my shoulders back and knock him off of me," he said.  "I didn't think he was going to stop because he was straddle me and just pounding on my head and back with his fists."

On Tuesday January 6, 2009 Gulley turned himself into police in Harrisburg.  He's charged with Home Invasion, Criminal Trespass to property,  Unlawful Restraint and Battery.

Gulley is being held in the Saline County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.

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