CHARLESTON -- Damaging a Coles County jail ventilation system during an apparent escape attempt added a year to a man's prison time.

Tywan M. Stringer pleaded guilty to a charge of damage to government-supported property that accused him of taking part in damaging the ventilation system on May 19.

Stringer, 30, whose most recent address on record is in Mattoon, was sentenced to one year in prison with the agreement reached in his case.

As required, the new prison term was added to the sentence, a total of nine years, he received earlier this year for domestic battery and aggravated battery convictions.

With the agreement, Stringer pleaded guilty to a charge that could have brought a prison sentence of one to three years. An attempted escape charge that could have resulted in a two- to 10-year sentence was dismissed.

Stringer, along with Jared J. Wilson, were identified as the jail inmates who removed part of a ceiling in an apparent try to access the ventilation system, according to records in their cases.

Wilson, 29, also with a Mattoon address on record, remains jailed and faces pending charges of home invasion as well as in connection with the alleged escape attempt.

In Stringer's case, Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien imposed the additional prison sentence by accepting the terms of a plea agreement that State's Attorney Brian Bower and Assistant Public Defender Terese Matthews recommended.

Stringer didn't appear in court in March when he was sentenced for his convictions for grabbing a woman and taking part in an attack of another inmate at the jail.

Court records show that he was back in custody in May.

In the earlier cases, Stringer was accused of grabbing a woman on Oct. 12 and he was charged with a felony offense because his criminal record includes an earlier domestic battery conviction.

He and others were later charged with aggravated battery for allegedly attacking another man when they were all in custody at the Coles County jail on Dec. 14.

Records in the case indicate that the attack occurred after the inmate accused the others of stealing food from him.

Records show that Stringer served earlier prison sentences for Coles County weapons possession and obstructing justice convictions and for a Douglas County conviction for possession of a stolen vehicle.


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