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Quincy man sentenced to one year for role in attempted jail escape

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 16, 2019 11:00 am

QUINCY -- A Quincy man was sentenced to one year in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to an amended charge in an attempted escape from the Adams County Jail this spring.

Jeffrey G. Schmidt, 29, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal damage to state-support property Wednesday in Adams County Circuit Court. He was immediately sentenced to one year in prison by Judge Amy Lannerd, who concurred with the plea agreement.

As part of the negotiated plea, more serious charges of attempted escape and conspiracy to escape were dropped. An unrelated charge of possession of methamphetamine also was dropped.

If the case had gone to trial, Josh Jones, lead trial counsel for the Adams County state's attorney's office, said testimony would have been presented that showed a group of inmates damaged a wall in the Adams County Jail. The value of that damage was between $500 and $10,000.

Jones said as part of the agreement Schmidt would be required to testify if one of the other cases goes to trial.

Schmidt and four others are accused of digging and scraping mortar and removing bricks from a jail wall between May 2 and 8. The Adams County Sheriff's Department said it started an investigation after it received information that several inmates were planning an escape attempt.

Schmidt already is serving a nine-year sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to one count of home invasion in a Dec. 5, 2018, incident. The new sentence will run consecutive to it.

Cases remain pending for Brian K. Dyer, 46; Patrick D. Lambert, 22; and Cody M. Felker, 29. All face charges of attempted escape, conspiracy to escape and criminal damage to state property.

William G. Brewer, 35, was sentenced to one year in prison on Sept. 5 after pleading guilty to one count of criminal damage to property. He already was serving a five-year sentence on other charges.

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