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Coal City Woman in Channahon Killer Crash Can't Get Bond Dropped

Tiffany Unland was taken to court in a wheelchair and cried after the judge didn't reduce her bond.

The Coal City woman charged with killing a Palatine man in a drunken crash tried for a second time to get her bond lowered.

Tiffany Unland, 30, was rolled into court in a wheelchair but stood up in front of Judge Richard Schoenstedt when her attorney asked to have her bond lowered from $120,000 to $50,000 during a Tuesday morning hearing.

Schoenstedt wouldn't budge, sending Unland back to jail where she is being held on charges of aggravated driving under the influence.

Unland's bond had already been . After Schoenstedt broke the bad news about not going any lower, Unland started crying while speaking with her lawyer, Elizabeth Johnson.

Unland allegedly killed 46-year-old Anthony B. Calhoun in an Aug. 31 head-on collision on Route 6 in Channahon.

The injuries Unland suffered in the crash are one of the reasons she should be able to post a lower bond, according to court papers filed by her lawyer, as she has medical insurance and can cover the cost of the surgery she claims to need.

Other points made in the motion to reduce Unland's bond were:

  • She has four children ranging in age from 18 months to 12 years and has to watch them while her husband works.
  • Her children are involved in extracurricular activities.
  • She has a serious drinking problem and needs professional help.
  • This serious drinking problem stems from a poor childhood and bad parents.
  • She signed up for alcohol counseling but can't participate in it until she is transferred out of the jail's medical unit.

Johnson said about 20 people were contacted about chipping in for Unland's bail. She said she thinks they can scrape together about $5,000, which is enough to cover the 10 percent on a $50,000 bond.

Johnson also told Schoenstedt that if Unland isn't allowed out to watch her children while her husband works, he will lose his job and the family will lose their house.

Karen Saari-Thacker November 20, 2012 at 09:55 PM
She can stay in prison!!! Using every scapegoat is sickening & I'm sure the Judge saw that. Maybe she should have thought about her family & home before she drove drunk
Lisa November 20, 2012 at 10:00 PM
I'm sure Mr.Calhouns family is struggling as well & not by his fault. Mrs Unland should have thought about her family when she chose to get behind the wheel drunk. I realize alcoholism is a disuse but she didn't have to drive. I'm sorry I don't feel bad for her, it's a shame her family & Mr Calhouns families have to suffer for her bad choice of getting behind the wheel drunk.
angie November 20, 2012 at 10:48 PM
if 20 people are willing to "bond' her out ----- there are 20 people who can help in the household to assist kids off to school, etc. she doesn't sound like "fit' parent now
Jessica November 21, 2012 at 04:27 AM
I am thankful that the judge is leaving her to rot in jail. She made the choice to use her car as a deadly weapon and murdered an innocent man. My friend was killed in August by a drunk driver, and it sickens me that his killer gets to be with his family for the holidays, while we mourn the loss caused by his drunken driving. We need to start treating these people like the murderers they are!
Robert Bourg November 21, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Anthony B. Calhoun is still dead and this trash wants to go on with her pathetic life. Your husband and kids will just have to get along with out you, they have since you got arrested.
Patch reader November 21, 2012 at 03:21 PM
The kids are better off with out this bad parent near them. As maybe she would have been better off without her bad parents. Stop the cycle!
Flora Dora November 21, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Deciding to drink and drive is criminal. She should not be released until she has overcome her addiction and can make intelligent decisions.
Tom November 26, 2012 at 01:02 AM
In times like these we must pray for both families. Neither family's children want their parents where they are today. I pray for both that His will be done.
candy thompson November 28, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I'm the parent of Tiffany Unland. We were not bad parents. We did everything in our power to raise are daughter to be a responsible human being. We can't control when a child goes out the door and does what ever they wish to do. I was once a person just like you laying blame and wanted evryone to burn in hell for what they dowrong. My eyes are opened and you would not want to be in any of our shoes right now.I hope anyone reading this NEVER drinks and drives you may drive drunk and never have anything happen to you. But believe me the one time you do and you kill someone or injure someone it will never be the same. There is no take backs! So if you are and never got caught ,please stop and learn from a mother who prays for her family daily,this could happen to you. Both me and her father have never been in trouble with the law and never have been arrested so please do not call us bad parents. We have done the best we could with our daughter.
charlies angel November 30, 2012 at 08:08 AM
Your daughter is using any excuse to get out of jail and using her family as her scapegoat. Shes use to getting her way and its killing her not to have it. The unlands have been caring for the kids and taking turns so the dad can work. Only 3 kids are at home. Biological dad took one kid away. They are not in activities. Everytime they were they ended up dropping out because their great mother had excuses not to take them. The kids are being made fun of by peers. Tiffany was a Hooker and everyone knew it and looked the other way. Truth hurts. D c f s was called e when Tiffany attacked her spouse with a hammer not long before this incident. The town talks candy. You should be expressing your grief for the man that was killed. Your daughter has no remorse and wont change. She is worried about herself getting out. You are so lucky that the kids weren't with her. I think God took this mans life and saved your grandkids. You don't go see them or call them. You're just a
charlies angel November 30, 2012 at 08:14 AM
You're just as good as a grandma as you were as a mom I guess. Do you make sure the kids are adjusting or help with schoolwork. This kids only know their mom as their mom. They know no other life and it does hurt them. You know one is having major problems. No one is helping not even the counselors at school. Shame on all of you for looking the other way. Maybe you'll wake up when another tragedy happens
NANA December 02, 2012 at 04:34 AM
I do know Charlies Angel is telling the true GOOD FOR U FOR SPEAKING UP
NANA December 08, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Hi NANA, tonya commented on Coal City Woman in Channahon Killer Crash Can't Get Bond Dropped, which you are following. "Who the hell are you to judge anyone? Do you personally know candy and how her kids were brought up?? Obviously not because I'm her other daughter! Her and my father are both great parents and for you to say anything otherwise by going by what the paper says makes you a complete fool! The paper writes bullshit to catch someone's eye ya fuckin dumbass! To bad you didn't have the guts to post your real name! Id love to hear how you know so much about us in person" This was sent to me privately so im sharing with all of u . I only commented on Charlies Angel dont know the paerents and dont care and I was in the court room. If you read the motion of the court in the newletter above was from Tiffany's Lawyer
3ack23asics December 12, 2012 at 06:14 AM
WOW NOTHING BUT LIES HERE AND USING ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING TO TRY AND GET OUT OF JAIL HER OWN LAWYER IS LYING STRAIGHT TO THE JUDGES FACE AND GETS AWAY WITH IT MY GOD THE LAWYER THROWING HER MOTHER AND FATHER UNDER THE BUS WHEN TIFFANY HAS HAD PROBLEMS EVER SINCE BEING A TEENAGER SHES ALWAYS HAD PROBLEMS PHYSCO PROBLEMS AND THOSE KIDS ARENT IN NO EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITES AND HER HUSBAND ISNT LOOSING A JOB NOR HOUSE THEY DONT EVEN OWN A HOUSE AND THERE IS FAMILY HELPING OUT. GOOD TO SEE THE POOR MOMMY CRY ISNT WORKING! WHAT A BUNCH OF BULL SHIT THIS MAKES ME SICK READING SHE IS A PATHOLOGICAL LIER,,,, LIED ABOUT BEING GANG RAPED BLEW ALL MONEY ON COCAINE LIED AND HAS LIED ABOUT OTHER THINGS NEED NOT COMMENT ABOUT ALL I CAN SAY IS KARMA IS A MFR AND YOU WERE NOT A MOTHER NOR EVER WILL BE HOPE U GET WHAT U DESERVE
3ack23asics December 12, 2012 at 06:24 AM
tiffanys lawyer said that the parents were bad parents so re read charlies angels didnt say it
NANA March 08, 2013 at 04:46 PM
So this is what i was told tiffany is asking for 120 days of boot camp and after that she could be out.This is not right. when u Get caught selling drugs u can go to jail for 20 years but kill someone and get to pick and choose what kind of sentance u want . R govenors get more time than a killer do go figure

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