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On November 10, 2011, Jeremy Yates pleaded guilty to Count I - Attempt (First Degree Murder), a class X felony, and Count II - Robbery, a class 2 felony, in Logan County.

Logan County Deputies responded to the Korn Krib in Latham, Illinois during the early morning hours of January 5, 2011 and discovered Melissa Marler, an employee, severely injured and unresponsive.

 An investigation by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department obtained statements from witnesses placing Jeremy Yates in the Korn Krib just prior to closing.   Further investigation by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department gathered physical evidence from the Korn Krib and the apartment building where Jeremy Yates lived at the time. “I want to commend the Logan County Sheriff’s Department for conducting such a thorough investigation.  Their investigation revealed a significant amount of physical evidence linking Jeremy Yates to this crime,” stated Jonathan Wright, First Assistant with the Logan County State’s Attorneys’ Office.

 The sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 10, 2012.  Jeremy Yates remains in custody with bond set at $1-million.

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