Police & Courts

Charging documents: Inmates removed bricks from Adams County Jail wall

By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 14, 2019 7:50 am Updated: May. 14, 2019 10:18 am

QUINCY -- The five men charged in attempting to escape the Adams County Jail last week reportedly dug and scraped mortar and removed bricks from a wall inside the jail.

Brian K. Dyer, 46; Patrick D. Lambert, 22; Cody M. Felker, 29; William G. Brewer, 35; and Jeffrey G. Schmidt, 29, all made their first appearances Monday in Adams County Circuit Court on charges of attempted escape, conspiracy to escape to criminal damage to state property.

Charging documents in the cases reveal that this occurred between May 2 and May 8, which is when the Adams County Sheriff's Department started an investigation after it received information that several inmates were planning an escape attempt.

Dyer is being held on $1 million bond in the case. Public Defender Chris Pratt was appointed to represent Dyer, who will return to court May 20 for a preliminary hearing. He has been held in the jail on multiple charges, including attempted murder, in a March 12 incident in the 700 block of South 23rd.

Lambert is being held on $150,000 bond on the new charges. Public Defender Babs Brennan was appointed to represent him, and he is set to return to court May 20 for a preliminary hearing. He has been in the jail since April 23 when he was arrested on charges of escape, aggravated battery and resisting a peace officer after reportedly running out of the Adams County Courthouse while appearing on an unrelated aggravated battery charge.

Felker is being held on $75,000 bond on the new charges. Brennan was appointed to represent him, but he said he would also seek private counsel. He will return to court May 20. He has been held in the jail on burglary and forgery charges from April incidents.

Brewer is being held on $75,000 bond on the new charges. Pratt was appointed to represent him, and he will return to court May 20 for a preliminary hearing. He has been held on involuntary manslaughter and endangering the life or health of a child charges in the October 2018 deaths of two children in a house fire on Quincy's north side.

Schmidt also is being held on $75,000 bond on the new charges. Chief Public Defender Todd Nelson was appointed to represent him, though Schmidt said he plans to hire private counsel. He is set to return to court May 20 for a preliminary hearing. Schmidt had been jailed on multiple charges including home invasion and aggravated domestic battery in connection with a Dec. 5 incident.

The case was set to go to trial Monday, but court records show that he pleaded guilty to one count of home invasion and will be sentenced to nine years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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