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Man pleads guilty to attempted murder of Korn Krib bartender and to robbery

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[November 14, 2011]  On Thursday, Jeremy Yates pleaded guilty to count I -- attempted first-degree murder, a Class X felony, and count II -- robbery, a Class 2 felony, in Logan County Case No. 2011-CF-5.

Logan County deputies responded to the Korn Krib in Latham during the early morning hours of Jan. 5, 2011, and discovered Melissa Marler, an employee, severely injured and unresponsive.

An investigation by the Logan County Sheriff's Department obtained statements from witnesses placing Jeremy Yates in the Korn Krib just prior to closing. Further investigation by the Logan County Sheriff's Department gathered physical evidence from the Korn Krib and the apartment building where Yates lived at the time.

"I want to commend the Logan County Sheriff's Department for conducting such a thorough investigation. Their investigation revealed a significant amount of physical evidence linking Jeremy Yates to this crime," stated Jonathan Wright, first assistant with the Logan County state's attorneys' office.

The sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jan. 10, 2012, at 10 a.m. Yates remains in custody, with bond set at $1 million.

Yates was 32 at the time of his arrest last January.

[Text from news release from Michael D. McIntosh, Logan County state's attorney, and LDN]

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