Coatsburg man gets eight-year prison term in four felony cases

Posted: Jul. 24, 2014 7:13 pm Updated: Aug. 7, 2014 9:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

A Coatsburg man was sentenced to eight years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to charges in four different felony cases, including aggravated battery of a child, in Adams County Circuit Court.

Isaiah Murray Jr., 33, pleaded guilty to felony charges of aggravated battery of a child, unlawful failure to register as a sex offender, unlawful possession of weapon by a felon and aggravated driving under influence.

Since he was facing mandatory prison time, Murray opted to forego having a pre-sentence investigation done and be sentenced immediately by Judge William Mays. Murray had a fifth case where he was charged with battery of a public official dismissed as part of a plea negotiation.

Murray was arrested May 2, 2013, by officers with the U.S. Marshals Service and the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force in Chicago on an Adams County warrant. Assistant State's Attorney Josh Jones said deputies with the Adams County Sheriff's Department were called to Camp Point Junior High School on April 28, 2013, on a report of a juvenile who had been bruised. The girl told teachers that Murray, her mother's boyfriend, had hit her with a belt. Murray fled the area after the incident and was found in the 4000 block of West 14th in Chicago, where he tried to elude police.

Murray, who has to register as a sex offender because of a 2004 aggravated criminal sexual abuse conviction in Cook County, also was charged with unlawful failure to register as a sex offender after he was found.

Murray was arrested twice in 2012. He was first arrested for unlawful possession of weapon by felon in an April 26, 2012, incident. While out on bond in that case, Murray was arrested on an aggravated DUI charge in connection with a Sept. 7, 2012, arrest.

Murray opted not to speak during the hearing.

Murray has been held in the Adams County Jail for more than a year. He was given credit for a total of 486 days served in the county jail in the cases. He will have to serve one year of parole after he is finished with his prison sentence.