Sentencing cap at 20 years for second Quincy man to plead guilty in September 2023 stabbing in Blessing Hospital parking lot

Dylan Test was in court today to enter a guilty plea to a charge of attempted murder following a September 2023 stabbing that happened in a parking lot of Blessing Hospital. Test is set to be sentenced by Judge Tad Brenner on July 15.

Dylan Test is escorted by bailiffs Chad Downs (back to camera) and Heather Neisen to a seat in an Adams County courtroom during his plea hearing Monday morning. | Pool photo by Mike Sorensen/Herald-Whig

QUINCY — One of two men charged in a September 2023 stabbing in the Broadway parking lot at Blessing Hospital pled guilty Monday morning. 

Dylan Test waived his right to a jury trial on Feb. 27 in Adams County Circuit Court. He appeared Monday with attorney Jen Kusmer before Eighth Circuit Judge Tad Brenner. 

Assistant State’s Attorney Josh Jones told Brenner a negotiated plea had been reached. Test agreed to enter a guilty plea to attempted murder, a Class X felony that typically would have a sentencing range of six to 30 years. However, Test’s sentence will be capped at 20 years. Charges of armed violence, a Class X felony, and aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony, would be dismissed as part of the negotiation.

Test will be sentenced at 11 a.m. on July 15. He must serve 85 percent of his sentence.

The Quincy Police Department reported officers found Tanner Bowen, a male stabbing victim, in the parking lot at Blessing Hospital, 1005 Broadway, around 11:15 p.m. Sept. 15. Surveillance video from Blessing Hospital shows Test and Heaton Brothers pinning the victim between two cars and attacking the man, with Test stabbing him in the chest.

Brothers was sentenced earlier Monday morning to nine years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. He pled guilty on March 11 to attempted armed violence.

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