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Quincy woman turned down in attempt to have 40-year sentence tossed

Quincy woman turned down in attempt to have 40-year sentence tossed

1 month, 1 week ago by Scott Hardy

Motions by Karen Blackledge were denied Friday in Adams County court

A Quincy woman, sentenced to 40 years in prison for her part in a November incident where a victim was kidnapped and her home broken into, has had a request to have her Guilty plea thrown out turned down.

Karen Blackledge was in Adams County Circuit Court Friday for a motion hearing. Blackledge wanted to withdraw her Guilty plea and have the judgement thrown out, saying that errors were made. Records show that both the motion for the plea withdrawl and request to overturn Blackledge's sentence were denied. She pleaded Guilty in early April to Class X counts of Home Invasion and Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault with a weapon. The plea was part of a settlement with prosecutors. They dropped counts of Home Invasion, aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking and Residential Burglary. Blackledge plans to appeal. A co-defendant, Bradley Yohn, faces similar counts. He was also indicted on four counts from a mid-October incident. The pair were accused of kidnapping a woman in her car last November 9th, then forcing her to go back to her home on North Bottom Road. The home was robbed and the victim was also attacked. The pair were arrested the next day in Springfield, Illinois by U.S. Marshals.

Yohn will go on trial in November.

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