A Waukegan man was sentenced to over four years in prison for escape after he cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet while out on a bond, prosecutors said.
Rahshan Duffie, 37, of the 4100 block of Continental Drive in Waukegan, was indicted on escape, a Class 3 felony, and criminal damage to government property, a Class 4 felony.
A jury trial that occurred in March led to the conviction of both charges, court records show.
McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt sentenced Duffie to four and a half years in prison on Tuesday.
The charges stem from when Duffie was arrested on March 9, 2020, after allegedly committing a felony retail theft at the Walmart in Johnsburg by taking $398 worth of merchandise.
A McHenry County Judge reduced Duffie’s bond in that case days after his arrest.
Duffie was released from jail on March 18, 2020, but was required to wear an electronic monitoring device upon his release, prosecutors said.
Duffie cut the electronic monitoring device, which is valued at $350, from his ankle in June and failed to contact the McHenry County Court Services Department, prosecutors said.
He was taken into custody again in September. Duffie, whose retail theft case remains pending, remains held in the McHenry County Jail.
The case was investigated by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorneys Brian Miller and Mary Ann Scholl of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.