Monahan facing attempted murder charge

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The state’s case against a northern Edgar County man keeps building

Cody A. Monahan, 31, Chrisman, appeared in custody of the Edgar County Sheriff’s Department for the July 29 criminal and traffic call in Edgar County Circuit Court.

He was informed two additional charges are filed in the case that originally alleged a Class 2 felony aggravated domestic battery, a Class 2 felony kidnapping and a Class 3 felony aggravated unlawful restraint. The new charges are a Class X felony aggravated kidnapping and a Class X felony attempted murder.

A probable cause hearing determined the state has sufficient evidence to sustain the changes. Class X felonies are the most serious criminal charges in Illinois and carry mandatory prison time upon conviction. Probation is not a possibility.

Monahan pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand, and the matter was continued for a pretrial conference. He was remanded to custody pending posting of $150,000 bond.

Other individuals appearing before the bench for the July 29 call included:

In custody

-Bradley J. Latch, 31, Paris, appeared in custody and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 1 felony residential arson, a Class 2 felony arson, a Class 4 felony criminal damage to property and a Class B misdemeanor criminal trespassing charges. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference. Latch was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Ryan L. Littleton, 25, Paris, appeared in custody. His unresolved Class 2 felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of a Class 3 felony unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine and a Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance charges were continued for a pretrial conference. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Joshua D. Means, 25, Metcalf, appeared in custody. His unresolved charges of two counts of a Class 1 felony residential burglary, two counts of a Class 2 felony burglary, a Class 2 felony possession of stolen firearms, a Class 3 felony possession of a weapon by a felon and a Class 4 felony criminal trespassing were continued for a negotiated guilty plea. Means was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

nStephen L. Miller, 32, Paris, appeared in custody and was granted a jail furlough to attend a residential treatment facility, and he was ordered to return to the jail upon completion of treatment. His motion for a bond reduction was denied. His unresolved Class 2 felony burglary, a Class A misdemeanor retail theft, a Class A misdemeanor aggravated assault and a Class B misdemeanor criminal trespassing charges were continued for a pretrial conference. He was remanded to custody pending release for the furlough.

-Blake B. Sawyer, 32, Paris, appeared in custody. He pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to two counts of a Class 4 felony aggravated fleeing from police charges. A pretrial conference was scheduled.

In another matter, Sawyer was presented with a petition to revoke his probation sentence for a Class 4 felony aggravated fleeing from police conviction. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a pretrial conference. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Tersh S. Scamihorn, 25, Kansas, appeared in custody for missing a previous court appearance. He was charged with a Class 4 felony unlawful possession of an automobile certificate of title, a Class 4 felony obstruction of justice and a Class A misdemeanor obstruction of identification. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for the preliminary hearing. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

nCraig D. Turner, no age provided, Dennison, appeared in custody. The preliminary hearing was continued for his Class X felony aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and Class 4 felony aggravated driving while license is revoked charges. A new preliminary hearing was scheduled. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

Charges

-James E. Clark, 44, Paris, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license and a Class B misdemeanor drivers license expired for longer than one year. He told the court he will hire an attorney. The matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

nKane A. Cruz, 20, Clinton, Ind., was charged with a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

-Sherry L. Fugerson, 63, Paris, was presented with a petition to revoke her conditional discharge sentence for a Class A misdemeanor resisting a police officer conviction. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

-Travis B. Golie, 36, Chrisman, was charged with two counts of a Class 3 felony theft. The case went to the public defender and the matter was continued for the preliminary hearing.

-Charles O. Howard, 28, Paris, was charged with a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine, two counts of a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license and a Class A misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic syringe. The public defender was appointed. The matter was continued for the preliminary hearing.

-Hilary N. Peterson, 38, Paris, was charged with two counts of a Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a first appearance with the attorney.

-Mitchell A. Rhoads, 60, Paris, was charged with a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

-Justin M. Tresner, 31, Paris, was presented with a petition to revoke his conditional discharge sentence for a Class C misdemeanor disorderly conduct conviction. The public defender was assigned to the case and the petition was denied. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

Guilty pleas

-Jody L. Cash, 46, Paris, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor battery charge. Cash was sentenced to one year of court supervision and a $300 fine. Cash was ordered to have no contact with the apparent victim.

Not guilty pleas

-Aaron R. Gates, 22, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor retail theft charge. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Timothy Jones, 50, Marshall, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor violating an order of protection after being served. A pretrial conference was scheduled.

nMelinda M. Labaum, 42, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor driving on a revoked license charge. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Logan R. Machango, 19, Chrisman, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 2 felony burglary charge. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Elizabeth A. Sablotny, 52, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 3 felony theft charge. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Gentury Lee Swyear, 30, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor possession of a firearm without a FOID card. A pretrial conference was scheduled.

-Justin M. Tresner, 31, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor theft charge. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

Arrest warrants

Warrants were ordered when the following individuals failed to answer the court call: Katelynn M. Bowman, 22, Paris; Kylee K. Bowman, 19, Paris; Evan T. Chestnut, 24, West Terre Haute, Ind.; Jacob A. Coe, 43, Terre Haute, Ind.; Dallas L. Deweese, 32, Paris; Terry D. Griffin, 38, Paris; Michael A. Little, 41, Hume; Alec R. Mockbee, 21, Danville; Travis S. Posey, 36, Paris; Sarah M. Prater, 29, Charleston; and Charles G. Wells, 19, Paris.