Sentencing in Quincy woman's arson case delayed until next week

Lori Ann Thompson
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 9, 2019 4:30 pm Updated: Aug. 9, 2019 4:37 pm

QUINCY -- A judge Friday ordered a six-day continuance in the sentencing of a Quincy woman who pleaded guilty to two counts of arson in fires at her homes in 2016 and 2018.

Judge Robert Adrian agreed to push back the sentencing of Lori Ann Thompson to Thursday, Aug. 15.

Thompson, 56, was scheduled to be sentenced Friday afternoon. However, her attorney, Anthony Cameron, requested the continuance so he could gather more information about a medication Thompson is taking.

Cameron said he just learned about the medication on Thursday and needed more time to evaluate how it could affect his client's treatment if the court were to place her on probation and she were to receive intensive in-patient or out-patient therapy.

Cameron told Adrian he would make "a more complete" argument on Thompson's behalf if he had a few more days to confer with medical experts.

First Assistant State's Attorney Todd Eyler objected to the requested continuance, saying "we are ready" to proceed with the case and the public was ready for sentencing.

Despite Eyler's objection, Adrian granted the continuance. He said one factor in favor of delaying the sentencing is that Thompson remains in the Adams County Jail on $5 million bond, so she won't be going anywhere.

"There is no concern in that area," he said.

Thompson faces the possibility of being sentenced up to 14 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

As part of a negotiated agreement with prosecutors, Thompson pleaded guilty in February to starting residential fires Dec. 1, 2016, at 2317 Waters Court and July 2, 2018, at 2436 Curved Creek. Each arson charge carries a potential prison sentence between three and seven years with probation possible.

As part of the plea deal, two counts of aggravated arson and four counts of residential arson were dropped.

Thompson also had been accused of starting fires Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Nov. 10, 2016, at 2436 Curved Creek and Oct. 4, 2017, at 3206 Rutledge Place.

She was living at those addresses at the time of each fire.