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Quincy man sentenced in County Jail escape attempt

Quincy man sentenced in County Jail escape attempt

2 months, 1 week ago by Scott Hardy

William Brewer sentenced to 1 year; already serving 5-year sentence

A former Adams County Jail inmate, one of five men accused of plotting an escape in May, has pleaded Guilty to a lesser charge and will serve more prison time.

William Brewer was in Adams County Circuit Court Thursday for a hearing, where he entered that Guilty plea in a settlement with prosecutors. Records show that Brewer pleaded Guilty to one count of Criminal Damage to Government Supported Property. In return, counts of Attempted Escape and Conspiracy were dropped. After the plea, Brewer was sentenced to 1 year in prison. He's already serving a 5-year prison sentence, after pleading Guilty to one count of child endangerment in the October 2018 deaths of two children in a Quincy home. A second man, Bryan Dyer, will have a hearing next month. Two other men, Patrick Lambert and Jeffrey Schmidt, are set to go trial this fall. A fifth man, Cody Felker, will have a hearing next week. The other four all have been indicted on the same charges Brewer faced. Authorities say they got a tip that the five were conspiring to escape. Charging documents say the five had dug and scraped mortar and removed bricks from a wall inside the jail. The last attempted escape from the jail happened in 2014, when a guard was stabbed.

That incident led to the 2016 passage of the quarter-cent sales tax that is paying for the building of the new Adams County Jail. That's set to be completed early next year.

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