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Former youth coach accused of child sex crimes did not appear in court to argue a change in plea agr

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Former youth coach accused of child sex crimes did not appear in court to argue a change in plea agr

Former youth coach accused of child sex crimes did not appear in court to argue a change in plea agr

A man sentenced to more than 60 years for sexual assault wants his guilty plea thrown out.

His hearing has now been rescheduled due to several mishaps.

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Former youth coach accused of child sex crimes did not appear in court to argue a change in plea agr

An unexpected turn of events caused some high emotions in court this morning.

Good evening and thanks for joining us.

Barry wolfe is trying to withdraw his guilty plea to sexual misconduct charges.

Today... the coles county, illinois state's attorney expected a judge to make a ruling.

We've told you about wolfe before.

He's a former central illinois youth basketball coach.

Players had made allegations against him.

He's now serving a 60-year-prison sentence for sexual assault..

And sexual abuse.

Wolfe was scheduled for court this morning.

News 10's jordan kudisch was there.

She joins us live from our newsroom with more information on what happened.

Patrece..

Today..

The state and wolfe's attorneys were supposed to make their case on the plea change.

But, things didn't go as expected.

And wolfe ended up not showing up in court.

When i was in the court room... it seemed like many people were disappointed.

I spoke with assistant states attorney tom bucher .

He told me the department of corrections didn't receive the notice to bring wolfe to court.

Bucher said his office did in fact file it back in early february.

A lockdown at the prison wolfe's being housed in only made the issue worse.

That lockdown meant prisoners couldn't leave the facility.

Bucher says it's hard to take back being guilty once you've said it under oath.

Meanwhile, he says it's frustrating victims and family members were left without a decision.

I asked bucher to explain how common these situations can be.

I don't know how often the lockdowns occur it wouldn't surprise me if menard is fairly frequent because that's a pretty high security prison but mixups like this are not that uncommon we've certaintly sent writs before for inmates to come and they just dont show up."

The assistant state's attorney said slowing down the process delays justice for the victims. wolfe will return to court april 26th.

Reporting live in the newsroom..

Jordan kudisch, news 10.




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