A Pekin man with a long criminal history has had his day in court in his latest three felony cases, and then some.
In those cases, Joshua Haynes, 40, has entered five guilty pleas, convinced judges to vacate four of them along with prison sentences two produced, used at least five public defense attorneys, aborted one trial moments before it was to start and was convicted in another.
Imprisoned four times before, Haynes has filed motions including claims of inadequate counsel that have kept him in Tazewell County’s jail on $100,000 bond for 550 days. He would’ve spent much of that in state prison with sooner convictions and sentencings.
Sentencing day, however, finally came this week in one of his cases. The remaining two loom, bringing up to 36 years of prison terms in all three cases.
Circuit Judge Thomas Keith gave Haynes 10 years Wednesday for possessing key ingredients to make methamphetamine in a case that began in mid-2016.
After a jury convicted him in July 2017, but before he was sentenced Haynes succeeded in obtaining a new trial and two new attorneys. He later dropped his request for another trial, and was sentenced.
He’ll remain in jail until sentencing on pending charges of aggravated DUI with prior offenses and violation of a protection order. While those felony offenses may appear minor, Haynes’ past record of burglaries and other non-violent crimes drives up their punishments.
Haynes faces up to 20 years in the DUI case that was filed in 2014. He twice withdrew guilty pleas in it, the first time choosing to reject an agreement that carried a six-year term but also dismissed the case’s most serious DUI charge.
With his third guilty plea last month – including to the reinstated DUI charge – sentencing is set for March 15.
While jailed on bond in his meth case in January 2017, Haynes made phone contact with the two young daughters he shares with his ex-girlfriend, who had obtained a court order barring any contact with them.
Haynes pleaded guilty the next month and received a two-year prison term. Weeks later, he again claimed his lawyer had been ineffective and was granted a trial.
Nine months later, jurors collected to begin the trial in late January. Haynes sent them home with his decision to plead guilty. His sentence date has not yet been set.