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Springfield man to represent himself at trial

Springfield man to represent himself at trial

2 weeks, 1 day ago by Scott Hardy

Bradley Yohn had claimed he'd had ineffective counsel

A Springfield man, indicted on charges after a November incident where a victim was kidnapped and her home broken into, will represent himself at trial next month.

Bradley Yohn was in Adams County Circuit Court Wednesday for a hearing on motions he's filed, claiming he's had ineffective counsel. Records show that his public defender withdrew from the case, and that Yohn will represent himself when he goes on trial June 21st. He and a co-defendant, Karen Blackledge, were both charged with two Class X counts of Home Invasion, along with counts of aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking, Residential Burglary and Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault. Yohn was also indicted on four counts from a mid-October incident. Yohn's accused of kidnapping a woman in her car on 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. He and Blackledge were arrested the next day in Springfield, Illinois by U.S. Marshals. Blackledge has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading Guilty to two Class X counts.

Yohn's in the Adams County Jail on nearly $16 million bond.

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