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Yohn pleads not guilty to all charges in carjacking, sexual assault case

Published: Nov. 30, 2021 at 4:57 PM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - One by one, Bradley Yohn listened to the charges against him as Judge Amy C. Lannerd read them Tuesday during his arraignment in Adams County Court.

Lannerd detailed the charges and possible penalties for 11 counts across three cases.

Yohn, 34, of Springfield, Illinois, faces two counts of home invasion, one count of aggravated kidnapping, one count of aggravated vehicular hijacking, one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault, all Class X felonies, and residential burglary, a Class 1 felony. Those charges are in connection with a Nov. 9 incident that allegedly began along the North Bottom Road.

He also faces felony charges in two other cases. He was charged with vehicular hijacking, a Class 1 felony, stemming from an Oct. 31 incident, and he faces charges of residential burglary, a Class 1 felony; two counts of theft or unauthorized control of property over $500 but under $10,000, Class 3 felonies; and criminal sexual abuse, a Class 4 felony. Those charges stem from an Oct. 14 incident.

When she finished reading each count, Lannerd asked Yohn if he understood the charge against him. He answered yes to all, occasionally asking his attorney, John Citro of the Adams County Public Defender’s Office, a question. When asked if he understood the aggravated criminal sexual assault charge, he answered, “Yes, that’s sick, your honor.”

When Lannerd finished, Citro entered Yohn’s plea: Not guilty to all charges.

If convicted, Yohn faces a potentially long-term prison sentence.

In the Nov. 9 case, the home invasion, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated vehicular hijacking charges each carry terms of six to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, with mandatory supervised release after any sentence is served. If it is found that a victim suffered great harm, Illinois truth in sentencing guidelines would require that 85% of any sentence would have to be served before release. Each potential sentence also could become consecutive at the judge’s discretion.

A conviction in the aggravated criminal sexual assault case, however, would carry a sentence up to 40 years and would have to be served consecutively.

The final charge in the Nov. 9 case, residential burglary, would carry a sentence of between four and 15 years, with 50% of the time having to be served.

Yohn also could face between four and 15 years for vehicular hijacking in the Oct. 31 case.

In the Oct. 15 case, a conviction could mean four to 15 years in prison for residential burglary and one to six years for criminal sexual abuse. Two theft charges could carry sentences of between two and 10 years because of previous convictions in Marion County.

Lannerd set the case for the jury trial docket on Jan. 10, with a pretrial hearing on Jan. 3 and a status hearing set for Dec. 14.

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