Mr. Skaggs has been behind bars in the Sangamon County Jail since 11/11/2012, at a cost of around $82,000 just for his housing.
On September 2nd, 2015 Mr. Skaggs was found guilty by a jury of his peers. Mr. Skaggs represented himself after several warnings by the court not to move forward on his own without counsel, now he wants a lawyer after his conviction.
On 09/25/2015 the court received correspondence from Mr. Skaggs to his Judge and called him in for a hearing the same day. “The Court has received correspondence from the Defendant. Defendant is admonished of his right to have a lawyer appointed. The Public Defender’s Office is appointed as a straight appointment. Defendant’s Motion for Extension of Time to file for a New Trial is granted. Defendant is given 60 days continuance to file Motion for a New Trial. The Court date of November 3, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. remains set as a status.”
November 3, 2015 was set to be Mr. Skaggs sentencing date, now it has been switched to a Status Hearing and the Judge ordered the Public Defenders Office to represent Mr. Skaggs.
In 2000 Mr. Skaggs was convicted of rape and was sentenced to 6 years in prison for it. On Jan. 27, 2000 a jury found Mr. Skaggs guilty of criminal sexual assault for raping his 27-year-old former fiancee a year earlier. When the jury left to deliberate at 4:45pm Mr. Skaggs was present, but when the jury returned at 10:00pm Mr. Skaggs wasn’t in the courtroom. Free on bond before and during the trial, he skipped the verdict and was arrested hiding in a bathroom at a house in Athens the next day.
This time Mr. Skaggs is behind bars in the Sangamon County Jail on a revoked bond, his bond was previously set at $250,000 which he never posted.
We will update you on the status of this case if he is granted a new trial, or what his sentencing becomes.