Peoria County State’s Attorney will not pursue charges against a Kewanee man who was recently cleared of kidnapping in Tazewell County.
In June in Tazewell County, though facing as many as 14 years for convictions on two felony counts of domestic battery — and despite a police record including another domestic-battery conviction — a judge freed him on probation.
Yet before he could get anywhere, he immediately was picked up by Bartonville police on charges alleging that on the same night in 2016 he pummeled his victim not just in Pekin but also on the west side of the river. That meant he could stand trial in Peoria County.
But that’s not going to happen. This week, Peoria County State’s Attorney Jerry Brady called the victim, Emily Meeks, to explain that he could not pin down enough evidence to prove the attack continued in Bartonville or elsewhere in Peoria County.
“That pretty much shuts the door,” Brady says.
Washburn, who to me earlier this year described Meeks as an exaggerator and liar, did not return a call for comment for this story. His defense attorney, Maureen Williams of Peoria, declined to discuss Brady’s decision not to prosecute.