Court Updates from 11/28/2022


Nathanael Wood:  Nathanael Wood remains in custody on a $100,000 (10%) bond.  An agreement has been reached.  A plea is scheduled for December 19, 2022, at 2 PM.  The Henry County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a suspicious vehicle parked in the Lion’s Den parking lot and arrested Nathanael Wood and Mary Gear for possession of weapons, drugs and a stolen vehicle.  Nathanael Wood is charged with Possession of Methamphetamine/under 5 grams (Class 3 Felony), 2 counts of Possession/Use of a Firearm by a Felon (Class 3 Felony), 2 counts of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Class 4 Felony).  Read more here.

William Merritt III:  William Merritt III remains in custody on a $150,000 (10%) bond.  William Merritt III refused to attend his Final Pre-Trial on November 28, 2022, which is the third time he has refused to attend court.  Attorney Camp said Merritt had indicated to him that he was ready for Trial.  A Jury Trial is scheduled for December 7, 2022, beginning at 9 AM for the Possession of Meth case.   Judge Terry Patton informed Mr. Camp that the trial will go on even if Merritt refuses to attend court.  Read More here.

Merritt is charged with Possession of Meth <5 Grams (Class 3 Felony) and Delivery of Meth <5 Grams (Class 2 Felony) for 2021CF381.  The most recent charge against William Merritt III is Aggravated Battery/Greater Bodily harm (Class 3 Felony) for 2022CF191.

Nicholas Smith:  Nicholas Smith is in custody of the Henry County Jail on a $25,000 (10%) bond.  Nicholas Smith was arrested on November 22, 2022, after he stabbed his uncle during an altercation in the 100 block of N. Jackson Street.  Kewanee Police were dispatched for a disturbance that turned into a stabbing with the subject fleeing on foot.  Richard Trimmer, who was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery, confronted his sister in a bedroom in the residence over her dog defecating on a garden hose.  Nicholas Smith grabbed what he thought was a knife and stabbed his Uncle, Richard Trimmer, during the confrontation.  The weapon was actually scissors and Trimmer refused treatment on scene.  Smith fled on foot from the scene and was quickly located and arrested in a wooded area close to the residence.  Officer Eric Hamilton was testifying when Defense Attorney Camp interrupted the proceedings to inform Judge Patton that he represents Richard Trimmer.  The Preliminary Hearing was stopped and rescheduled for December 5, 2022, at 1 PM.  Attorney Camp was vacated as counsel and Attorney Aaron Dyer was appointed as defense counsel.  Richard Trimmer had his first appearance on November 29, 2022, and remains in custody on a $5,000 (10%) bond.  A Jury Pre-Trial is scheduled for December 5, 2022, at 10 AM.

Jacob Dearing:  Jacob Dearing was scheduled to take a plea in July of 2022 but failed to show for the plea hearing.  A warrant was issued for his arrest and he was arrested on the warrant in October.  The plea deal includes the three active cases and two Petition to Revoke Probation cases.  All sentences run concurrent, which means they are served at the same time.  21CF375 – Dearing plead guilty to Count 4 of Aggravated Battery where Dearing struck a male subject, known as TT, in the face causing injury.  He received 364 days in the Henry County Jail to run concurrent with Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) sentences.  22CF63 – Dearing plead guilty to Count 1 of Aggravated Fleeing to Elude where he willfully disobeyed activated police lights and sirens.  He also shut off his lights and sped away from the Deputy at a high rate of speed.  He received 3 years in the IDOC, up to 1 year Mandatory Supervised Release and fines and assessments.  22DT55 – Dearing plead guilty to Count 1 for Driving under the Influence when he drove a motor vehicle under the influence in the 600 block of W. 4th Street in Kewanee.  He received a $1000 fine and assessments. Dearing also received 3 years in IDOC for violation of probation on two older cases.

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