Quincy woman’s trial pushed back to march as state’s attorney’s office awaits lab reports – Reuters

QUINCY — The trial of a Quincy woman who was allegedly involved in a November carjacking, kidnapping and burglary in Adams County has been pushed back to March.

Karen Blackledge, 33, was in Adams County Circuit Court Tuesday morning for what was to be a preliminary hearing. However, Josh Jones, lead attorney for the Adams County State’s Attorney’s Office, had filed a motion to continue pending state lab reports.

Deputy Chief Public Defender Chris Pratt opposed the lawsuit. However, the delay doesn’t knock the case out of the 120-day rapid trial window.

Blackledge pleaded not guilty to two counts of home invasion, one count of aggravated kidnapping, one count of aggravated carjacking, one count of aggravated felony sexual assault, all felonies of Class X and residential burglary, a felony class 1.

If convicted on the charges of home invasion, kidnapping and vehicle hijacking, Blackledge faces prison terms ranging from six to 30 years on each count. She must serve 50% of those sentences according to Illinois truth in sentencing laws.

If convicted on the felony sexual assault charge, Blackledge faces a prison term of 16 to 40 years. She is expected to serve 85% of her sentence for this charge.

If convicted on the residential burglary charge, Blackledge also faces a prison term of six to 30 years due to previous convictions.

Blackledge is due back in court for a status hearing on Feb. 15. His preliminary hearing is set for February 25 and his case is now on the jury docket for March 7.

Blackledge is still being held in the Adams County Jail on $5 million bond.


Elna M. Lemons