Yohn Seeks Mental Evaluation, Blackledge Seeks Bench Trial in Adams Co. Sex Assault & Carjacking Case – WLDS

A Springfield man will have his mental fitness assessed, while his alleged cohort in a November 2021 carjacking and sexual assault has sought trial in Adams County Court.

The WGEM and the Quincy Herald Whig report that Bradley Yohn, 34, of Springfield, will have his mental health assessed before trial. Chief Circuit Judge Frank McCartney ordered an evaluation of Yohn on Friday after Yohn’s attorney, Adams County Public Defender John Citro, raised questions about his client’s fitness. Yohn will return to Adams County Court on March 22n/a for a state hearing.

Yohn’s co-defendant Karen Blackledge, 32, waived her right to have the case heard by a jury. Assistant State’s Attorney Josh Jones told WGEM that means the case could go to trial en banc or there could still be a plea bargain. Jones says no plea bargains have been reached at this time.

Yohn and Blackledge each face two counts of home invasion, one count of aggravated kidnapping, one count of aggravated vehicle hijacking, one count of aggravated felony sexual assault, all Class X felonies and residential burglary, a Class 1 felony. These charges relate to a Nov. 9 incident that allegedly began along North Bottom Road. The victim in the case died from injuries sustained in the incident.

Yohn is also charged with vehicle hijacking stemming from a separate Oct. 31 incident.

And he faces charges of residential burglary, a Class 1 felony; two counts of theft or unauthorized control of property over $500 but under $10,000, Class 3 felonies; and criminal sexual abuse, a Class 4 felony. These charges stem from another incident on October 14.

Both have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Blackledge is being held in Adams County Jail on $5 million bond. Yohn is being held on a $15 million bond, which would be the largest bond amount ever issued in the county.

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