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Trial for Bradley Yohn delayed after alleged victim dies

Published: Dec. 14, 2021 at 1:13 PM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - The trial for the man accused of carjacking, home invasion and sexual assault of a 70-year-old Adams County woman has been pushed back a month after the alleged victim died in recent days.

Judge Amy Lannerd approved a prosecution motion to move the trial of Bradley Yohn to the February jury trial docket.

Assistant State’s Attorney Joshua Jones made the motion after telling the court that the woman at the center of the case had died.

“I’m not saying new charges would be filed,” Jones said, but he asked the court for more time to investigate the matter.

Lannerd approved the delay over the objection of Assistant Public Defender John Citro.

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.

Yohn appeared agitated during the hearing Tuesday, and Lannerd at one point admonished him after he had tapped a railing several times, raised his hands and attempted to ask Lannerd to allow him to speak with Citro.

“As I have indicated, I will give you a moment to speak with your attorney when it is appropriate,” Lannerd said. She warned Yohn that if he continued, she would have him removed from the courtroom.

The other defendant in the case, Karen Blackledge, appears in court Wednesday morning.

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