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Johnson County judge's son has bond revoked after domestic charges

Isaac Vano's new bond set at $250,000
Posted: 5:16 PM, May 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-22 22:16:24Z
Johnson County judge's son moving towards trial in shooting case

OLATHE, Kan. — The son of a Johnson County judge has had his bond revoked after a domestic violence arrest.

Isaac Vano, the son of Judge James Vano, was already facing aggravated assault and aggravated battery charges after police say he shot an Overland Park man who Vano thought was trespassing.

Originally, prosecutors requested a $250,000 bond. But a judge gave Vano a $100,000 bond.

Then in April, according to court records, Vano, 25, attacked his wife and broke her phone while she was trying to get help.

Vano's wife told police she was in the process of getting a divorce from him, records said.

She said due to his violent behavior and issues, she and Vano had an agreed to "safety plan" with his parents. The agreement included Vano's wife calling his parents to come to their residence to defuse any situation in which Vano was hurting her.

According to Vano's wife, she'd used the plan three times since November by the time she spoke to police last month.

When his wife refused to discuss ending the divorce proceedings, Vano picked up a dresser, knocking items onto the floor, in an attempt to intimidate her, records said.

When his wife asked him to leave, Vano refused and then broke his wife's phone so she couldn't call his parents to activate their "safety plan," according to records. Vano then allegedly grabbed his wife and prevented her from leaving.

She ended up on her bed, where their infant daughter was sleeping.

Police said Vano then repeatedly put his hand over his wife's nose and mouth, preventing her from breathing. He also woke up the baby, who began screaming.

Vano's wife told a detective she thought she was going to die.

According to court records, Vano's wife was finally able to make it into the hallway of the apartment building with the baby in her arms.

She began screaming for help and told police that Vano grabbed her by the hair and pulled her back into the apartment.

Vano's wife also told police he threw her onto the bed, threatening to headbutt her to knock her out.

Vano's wife, stating she was having a panic attack, attempted to go to the bathroom to throw up. But, according to records, Vano grabbed her by the shirt and ripped it.

Officers later recovered the shirt covered in vomit, a torn bra and the wife's broken cellphone.

Vano's original $100,000 bond in the shooting case was revoked and replaced with a $250,000 bond. He is currently on house arrest with a tracking device.

Vano is charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated domestic battery, aggravated endangerment of a child and criminal damage to property of less than $1,000 for allegedly breaking his wife's cellphone, which was valued at about $250.

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