One of Pekin’s most prolific felons couldn’t talk a Tazewell County judge into giving him a second reachable shot at freedom Thursday.
Wade Bonk, 39, was captured Wednesday – “They got me while I slept" in his house, he said – on a warrant issued when he failed to appear in court while free on bond in mid-July.
Bonk asked for a $50,000 bond when he stood Thursday before Judge Steven Kouri. “Please?” he implored with outstretched arms.
Kouri set the amount at $100,000.
“We’re not going through this again,” said Kouri. “You promised you’d be in court. You didn’t show up,” he added before he rose and walked from bonding court, ignoring Bonk’s last efforts to sway him.
Bonk likely will remain in custody until his prosecutions are completed on one felony count of possessing with intent to deliver meth, two of driving with a revoked license and a misdemeanor charge of fleeing from police.
Convictions in his latest cases will raise his total to 40, including 13 felonies, over the last two decades. They also could bring a combined 10-year prison term.
Bonk was charged last December with possessing 18 packets of methamphetamine when an officer stopped him for driving with a revoked license as a repeat offense.
By April, he had convinced Kouri to lower his bond from $20,000 to $15,000. He posted the needed $1,500 in cash.
When the July date came for Bonk’s expected guilty pleas in the case, he didn’t appear.
Paroles have permitted Bonk to serve about half of the nearly 26 years in combined prison terms he’s received, mostly in cases involving violence. They include restraining and threatening his girlfriend with a knife and a hate crime for punching an African-American man in a tavern. He also was questioned but not charged in connection with two murders.
He’s next due in court on Monday in his latest cases.
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