Police & Courts

Quincy woman guilty on aggravated battery to a peace officer charges

Posted: Sep. 15, 2020 8:30 am

QUINCY -- An Adams County jury needed 6 minutes on Monday to find a Quincy woman guilty on two counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer.

Toni C. Hale, 36, faces between three to 14 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for each count.

Court records show that Hale had represented herself in the case since June, when she waived her right to counsel. She refused to attend the trial.

Hale refused to show to court for her final pretrial hearing on Friday, and records show she was advised in the Adams County Jail that if she refused to show for the trial, it could be held in her absence.

She was arrested April 21 after Quincy police officers and other first responders were sent to the area of Third and State on a report of a woman with several stab wounds. The woman was taken by ambulance to Blessing Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

After an investigation, Hale, 35, of 400 State, was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery, and while she was being placed under arrested, she kicked two officers multiple times. Neither reported injuries.

She also faces two counts of aggravated battery in connection her arrest. She could be tried on those charges at a later date.

Hale remains in the jail where she has been since her arrest.

She is set to return to court Nov. 20 for sentencing.

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