Attorney for Quincy man facing attempted murder charge strikes motion to have case dismissed

Jeremy Coleman

Jeremy Johnson walks toward his seat Tuesday afternoon in an Adams County Courtroom. Seated are Assistant State's Attorney Josh Jones, left, and Chief Public Defender Chrstopher Pratt. | David Adam

QUINCY — The attorney for a Quincy man facing six felony charges, including attempted murder, said Tuesday afternoon he would strike his client’s motion to have the case dismissed.

Jeremy J. Coleman, 29, appeared with Chief Public Defender Christopher Pratt before Judge Tad Brenner for a status hearing in Adams County Circuit Court. 

Coleman has been charged with: 

  • Two counts of attempted murder, a Class 1 felony punishable for between four and 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections if found guilty.
  • One count of aggravated domestic battery, a Class 2 felony punishable for between three and seven years in prison.
  • One count of aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony punishable for between two and five years in prison.
  • Two counts of armed violence, a Class X felony punishable for between 10 and 30 years in prison.

Coleman would be eligible for 50 percent sentencing under Illinois’ truth in sentencing law on the first four counts. He would be eligible for 85 percent sentencing on the two counts of armed violence.

Coleman filed on March 1 an amended motion saying he was defending himself in a December 2023 stabbing incident, and he wants his case dismissed. However, Pratt said during a March 8 hearing he was unlikely to adopt the motion as part of his defense. 

Pratt followed up on Tuesday with his promise.

“Regarding the pro se motion filed by Mr. Coleman, at this time, I’m not going to adopt his motion,” Pratt told Brenner. ‘I would ask for it to be stricken.”

Brenner put the case on the trial docket that begins Aug. 5.

Coleman’s next appearance in court will be July 9.

Officers responded just before 11 a.m. on Dec. 7 to the 600 block of Van Buren for a disturbance. When officers arrived, they found two victims on the roof of a building, both suffering from stab wounds. Charging documents filed in Adams County Circuit Court show the victims were Sajuada Bonner and Julian Harper.

Coleman turned himself into the Adams County Probation Department on the morning of Dec. 8. He pled not guilty during his arraignment on Dec. 20. He remains lodged in the Adams County Jail.

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