Helping police helps Quincy man get probation in felony cases

Posted: Sep. 12, 2013 5:45 pm Updated: Sep. 26, 2013 7:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

A Quincy man's willingness to help police and also try to wean himself of his drug addiction helped him receive probation in two felony cases.

Cory J. Cyr, 29, had four active felony cases when he pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and aggravated driving under the influence stemming from an August 2012 incident. He pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon as the result of an incident last October.

As part of the plea agreement reached July 30, two sex offender charges were dismissed.

Judge Robert Adrian sentenced Cyr to 24 months probation and 240 days in the Adams County Jail. Adrian gave Cyr credit for two days served and stayed the rest of the jail sentence. The aggravated DUI charged carried a mandatory sentence of either 10 days in jail or 480 hours of community service. Cyr opted for community service.

"I was very hesitant to accept the plea negotiation at the start," Adrian said. "I am still very hesitant to do it."

Cyr has previously spent time in the Illinois Department of Corrections. He was sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted of attempted criminal sexual assault. He could have been sentenced to up to eight years in prison on the two charges to which he pleaded guilty.

"There was significant consideration given to the defendant because of his significant cooperation," First Assistant State's Attorney Gary Farha said.

His first arrest in the series of felony charges came on Aug. 3, 2012, after Quincy police stopped his vehicle near 13th and Vermont and found less than 15 grams of heroin on him. Cyr also was booked on driving under the influence of drugs. Cyr admitted to using cannabis and heroin before driving that day.

Cyr was free on a $10,000 recognizance bond when he was arrested Oct. 18 after a heroin sale at McDonald's, 1301 Broadway. Cyr had given Dennis Simon and Jeffrey L. Anderson of Hannibal a ride to the restaurant to complete the drug deal, which was set up by a confidential informant with the West Central Illinois Task Force.

Cyr did not take part in the transaction. However, at Cyr's residence in the 1200 block of Vermont, Farha said, police found a 9 mm handgun. Simon and Anderson were both sent to prison for their roles in the incident.

On Oct. 24 charges were filed against Cyr, a registered sex offender, after he was found in a school zone. While he was still out on bond in the three cases, Cyr was arrested on the alleged sex offender registry violation.

Cyr's attorney, Don Schuering, said his client has made significant steps to address his substance abuse problem, including completing a six-week rehabilitation program. Schuering asked that Cyr be placed on probation so that he could care for his young son.

Schuering said that the sex offender in a school zone violation happened because he took cupcakes to his son's school to share with the class for his son's birthday. Schuering said Cyr was self-employed and also had another welding job lined up.

"He has a lot of things going for him now," Schuering said of Cyr.

Cyr did not make a statement when given the chance by Adrian.

Adrian directed Cyr to submit to any counseling that the Probation Department deemed appropriate and ordered him to attend five self-help meetings per week.