Harrisburg Doctor Seeks New Lawyer In State’s Attorney Kidnapping Attempt Case

(HARRISBURG, IL) — A Harrisburg doctor who wanted to have former Saline County State’s Attorney Mike Henshaw kidnapped appeared in Saline County Court Tuesday to be sentenced, but it was put on hold because the man is looking for a new lawyer. The lawyer representing Brian Burns, Brian Drew, is no longer representing his client after filing a motion earlier this month to withdraw representing Burns. The motion said there was a breakdown in communication between Drew and Burns. The judge gave Burns one month to find a new lawyer. Burns told the judge he was in the process of trying to get Duane Verity of Marion to represent him. A Saline County Grand Jury in May returned a guilty verdict against Burns on the kidnapping charges. He was found guilty of one count each of attempted aggravated kidnapping, solicitation and conspiracy to commit aggravated kidnapping. Burns allegedly asked a cell mate to help in planning to kidnap the late Henshaw, who was state’s attorney at the time. Sentencing for Burns is now set for Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. in Saline County Court. Burns is still in jail awaiting a Jan. 18 jury trial for allegedly killing his wife Carla Burns last year. He faces two murder charges and a charge of concealment in that case.