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Logan County jail escapee gets 13-year prison term

URBANA — A Logan County Jail inmate who walked away from a work assignment last year will spend more than 10 years in prison for his actions in Champaign County, according to local reports.



Joseph L. Knox, 36, who walked away Aug. 14, from a work assignment in Logan County, was captured Aug. 15 by Springfield Police.

During his escape, he was involved in a burglary in the 6000 block of north Ludlow Road in Champaign County, where a caller told sheriff’s deputies residents had returned home to find a man identified as Knox, who fired shots as he fled when the resident chased him.

Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin Talebi discussed Knox’s prior criminal history including convictions for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, theft of drugs and breaking and entering. Talebi said during the hearing that charges are pending in other counties related to the August incident.

Visiting Judge David C. Faulkner said Knox’s criminal record was one of the worst he has seen as a judge and added that nothing has worked for the defendant as he has been in and out of the court system for 18 years in multiple counties.

Knox pleaded guilty in December to one count each of grand theft when the property is a firearm or dangerous ordnance, theft, breaking and entering and burglary in the Champaign County case. The burglary charge holds a firearm specification.

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