COLES CO., IL. (ECWd) –
The convicted felon, Barry Wolfe, appeared in DOC custody, without counsel, in front of Coles County Judge O’Brien this morning on his Motion to Withdraw Guilty Plea.
Wolfe had been previously sentenced to 60 years in Department of Corrections after his Guilty Plea on 4 Counts of criminal sexual abuse, while under his supervision, of girls between 13 and 17 years old. He is a former AAU girls basketball coach.
Defendant had previously submitted a letter to the Court that Judge O’Brien construed as a Motion to Withdraw Guilty Plea.
State’s Attorney wanted clarification the Motion was for both cases, Defendant stated his intention was for it to be for both cases.
Defendant’s son spoke in open court stating they wished appointment of public defender.
Defendant’s public defender had filed a motion to withdraw from the case, Wolfe confirmed it was on his suggestion and he did not object to the withdraw of counsel.
Judge appointed public defender Ortega to the case, Wolfe objected asking for Atty Danelly?, Judge stated again that he was appointing Ortega to the case.
State’s Attorney asked for an expedited process.
An “Attorney only” status hearing is scheduled for September 13 at 9:00 a.m. where a date will be set to hear the Motion to Withdraw Guilty Plea.
Wolfe wanted to know if he was now going to stay in Coles County Jail awaiting the Hearing, but the Judge told him he would remain in DOC custody and return to Coles County for the hearing on his Motion.
Video (1080p60)of Wolfe leaving Coles County Courthouse and entering Dept of Corrections van on 8-29-2018: