Centralia Man Faces Misdemeanor Charges For Aggravated Assault, Domestic Battery

(CENTRALIA, IL) — A 26-year-old Centralia man is free on $750 cash bond, after he reportedly stuck a gun in his wife’s stomach and threatened to kill her during a domestic dispute, all of which was reportedly caught on an audio recording. Matthew B. Braun is facing two misdemeanor charges in connection with the incident, one for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and domestic battery with physical contact. According to police reports, Braun reportedly returned home intoxicated Sunday, when he and his wife became embroiled in a dispute, and he threatened to kill her. She ultimately contacted police, telling them that she had heard Braun in the living room when she heard him load a pistol. A copy of the recording from the wife’s phone was downloaded as evidence at the Centralia Police Department. Officers responded to the Braun home, arrested Braun and seized firearms and ammunition located inside. Braun was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he posted the $750 cash bond Monday and was released. He is next scheduled in court September 30, with private counsel. Conditions of his release prohibit him from having contact with his wife, or her residence and he must abstain from drugs and alcohol, with random testing.