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Sparks waives jury right

Sparks waives jury right

1 week, 2 days ago by Scott Hardy

Likely to enter plea in settlement from February incident

A Quincy man, indicted in March on six counts over an alleged incident that caused Blessing Hospital to be locked-down for three hours in late February, plans to take a settlement with prosecutors.

Robert Sparks was in Adams County Circuit Court Wednesday for a status hearing, ahead of July 9th trial. Court records show that at the hearing, Sparks waived his right to a jury. He's pleaded Not Guilty to counts of Aggravated Domestic Violence, Domestic Battery, Aggravated DUI, Aggravated Fleeing and both Felony and misdemeanor Aggravated Assault. Sparks was arrested February 22nd after a high-speed chase on 30th Street that ended in the parking lot of Knapheide Manufacturing's headquarters. The incident started earlier that morning at a home in the 500 block of North 22nd, where a 49-year old woman had been battered. Prosecutors say the battering happened four days before.

Sparks is in the Adams County Jail on $1 million bond, and will be back in court August 1st.

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