DECATUR — A Decatur man just sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday for armed robbery pulled a plastic squeeze bottle from his underwear and squirted a corrections officer in the face with a mixture of urine and cleaning solution in a failed escape attempt, the Macon County Sheriff's Office said.
Terrance J. Wilson, 25, fled downstairs in the Macon County Courthouse with the officer he had sprayed, Corey Maloney, in pursuit, a sworn affidavit said. Wilson managed to squirm one hand free from the handcuffs and throw a folding chair at Maloney, the affidavit said.
“As backup officers were en route, Wilson refused several orders to stop and picked up three concrete bricks, throwing them at corrections officer Maloney,” Sgt. Roger Pope wrote in the affidavit. “One of the bricks struck Maloney’s left upper forearm … Maloney received a superficial cut on his arm. As officers were arriving, Maloney was able to successfully deploy his Taser, striking Wilson who fell to the ground.”
But Pope said Wilson still refused to put his hands behind his back. He said it took several officers to subdue him, and Pope suffered a bleeding laceration to his right elbow.
Moments earlier, Wilson had received the 10-year sentence for armed robbery, a Class X felony, after having pleaded guilty Feb. 8. He has been in jail since Oct. 7, 2016, when he was arrested. Pope said Wilson later told him he had made the desperate escape attempt because “he doesn’t care” and “didn’t like seeing his mother cry in the courtroom while he was being sentenced,” Pope added.
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Wilson now faces preliminary charges of attempted escape and aggravated battery of a peace officer. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office. He was being held Thursday in the Macon County Jail and has a May 8 court date.
Speaking Thursday, sheriff's Lt. Kris Thompson, the jail supervisor, said Maloney was doing well and his eyes were not injured in the attack.
Maloney said Wilson had used cleaning solution issued to prisoners to maintain cleanliness in their cells. He said he had been searched earlier, but the small bottle was well-hidden on the man's body.
Maloney said jail officers had acted appropriately and the only aspect of policy he was reviewing was increasing manpower to escort prisoners whose character or behavior may pose additional risk.
He praised the officers, who managed to secure Wilson at risk to themselves but without injuring him.
“The officers involved are going to get a letter of commendation,” he said.