Saturday, Nov. 15


Lincoln man pleads guilty
to murder    
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[NOV. 15, 2003]  Logan County State's Attorney Tim Huyett announced that Jason Daniels, 23, of Lincoln entered a plea Friday to the first-degree murder of Brian Bobb. Bobb, 18 at the time of his death, was found murdered in Kickapoo Creek Park in Lincoln on Sept. 27, 2002.

Under the terms of the partially negotiated plea agreement, Daniels will be sentenced to not less than 20 nor more than 30 years in the Department of Corrections. First-degree murder ordinarily carries a penalty range of 20 to 60 years. Under certain circumstances a sentence of life or death may be imposed. There is no good-time credit allowance for first-degree murder since the passage of the truth-in-sentencing legislation sponsored by former state representative and now appellate Justice John W. Turner.

Daniels was represented throughout the proceedings by Springfield attorney Pete Cavanagh. Sentencing is set for Jan. 14, 2004. Daniels will also be sentenced that day for obstructing justice, a charge that stems from false statements given to state police investigator Eric Hall during the pendency of the investigation.


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Huyett expressed his gratitude to the Logan County sheriff's investigators and investigators from the Illinois State Police, particularly Eric Hall of the state police and Chief Deputy Rick Bacon and Deputy Mark Landers of the sheriff's department. "These men have spent countless hours investigating this most difficult case, and they should be commended by the community they represent," Huyett said.

Huyett also expressed regret that such a young life would be taken in such a manner over drugs. The murder was believed linked to methamphetamine use, according to Huyett. "No sentence will bring Brian back. I only hope that this plea and upcoming sentence will bring some closure in this case to those affected," said Huyett.

[News release from
Logan County State's Attorney Tim Huyett]

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