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Quincy man sentenced to 30 years in prison

Quincy man sentenced to 30 years in prison

4 months, 2 weeks ago by Scott Hardy

Brian Dyer admitted role in 2019 attempted escape from Adams County Jail

One of five current and former Adams County Jail inmates, who's admitted to helping plot an escape last year, has been sentenced to a long prison term.  

Brian Dyer was in Adams County Circuit Court Monday, where he was sentenced to a total of 30 years in prison. He pleaded Guilty to one count of Criminal Damage to Government property, and was sentenced to 10 years. He also pleaded Guilty to one Class X count of Attempted Murder from a March 2019 incident. Dyer received a 20 year sentence in that case. In return, prosecutors dropped seven other counts against Dyer. He's the third person to have pleaded Guilty in the case. Two other men, William Brewer and Christopher Schmidt, have also pleaded Guilty and been sentenced to a year in prison, in settlements with prosecutors. Two other men have pleaded Not Guilty in the case. All five were indicted on charges of Attempted Escape, Conspiracy and Criminal Damage to Government Supported Property. 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 this year.

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