Judge grants standby attorney for Yohn

Published: Sep. 22, 2022 at 3:37 PM CDT
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QUINCY (WGEM) - A standby attorney was appointed Thursday for a Springfield man charged in a 2021 carjacking and home invasion, according to our news gather partners at the Herald-Whig.

This comes after the defendant, Bradley S. Yohn decided to represent himself for the second time.

According to the Herald-Whig, Judge Roger Thomson appointed Chief Public Defender Todd Nelson as Yohn’s standby attorney after questioning Yohn for several minutes in Adams County Circuit Court.

Nelson previously represented Yohn until he decided to represent himself for the second time earlier this month.

Yohn was set to represent himself at trial on June 21 when he requested an attorney moments before prospective jurors entered the room. After his request to get an attorney was granted, Yohn said in court that he would fire whomever was appointed and represent himself later.

Yohn, 35, has pleaded not guilty to 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 stemming from an Oct. 31 incident.

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 is being held on a $15 million bond, which is believed to be the largest bond amount ever set in Adams County.

The trial is set to start Nov. 7, and he will return to court for a status hearing on Oct. 12.


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