Bomb threat suspect pronounced dead after fall from the balcony of the Cole County Courthouse

James Brigham

James Brigham

Corryn Brock, Associate News Editor

The man who fell off the second story balcony of the Coles County Courthouse Tuesday has died, according to a press release from the Champaign County Coroner.

James B. Brigham, 49, was pronounced dead at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, at 3:46 p.m. on Jan. 24.

Brigham was in the custody of the Coles County Sheriff’s Office at the time of the fall. He had been arrested after being suspected of calling in a bomb threat to the Mattoon Walmart on Dec. 21 and was charged with two Class Three felonies regarding the bomb threats.

Brigham was in the courthouse to appear for a divorce hearing before falling.

During the divorce hearing the court found grounds on irreconcilable differences and the petition for the dissolution of marriage was granted, according to Judici.

It is being investigated by the Illinois State Police as to whether Brigham fell or jumped from the balcony.

After Brigham’s most recent arrest, he was transported to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center and later to an unnamed hospital after reportedly consuming anti-freeze, according to a Mattoon Police Department press release.

The first time Brigham was charged with and found guilty of criminal felony for the first time in Coles County was 1989 for burglary. That same year, he was charged with a criminal misdemeanor for theft.

In 1990, he was charged and found guilty of two counts of disarming a peace officer, one count of aggravated battery, failure to report to a penal institution, nine counts of residential burglary, three counts of burglary and armed violation with a category one weapon.

In 2008, Brigham was charged and found guilty of unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle/parts.

Brigham was charged with and found guilty of meth manufacturing in 2016.

Brigham’s wife, Kimberly, filed for an emergency order of protection in 2017.

This story will be updated as more details become available.

Corryn Brock can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].