QUINCY — A man accused of kidnapping a Quincy woman appeared in Adams County Circuit Court Friday and will be handed over to the Illinois Department of Human Services.
Dr. Frank Froman, a Quincy court appointed clinical psychologist, found Mario Mason unfit for trial. The case has been continued to July 12 for a status review.
DHS stepped in and found him fit to stand trial. (08/02/2022 Def appears w/counsel and the court finds the def is fit to stand trial, cause remains on jury docket. Def remanded Restoration order filed)
Quincy Police began the investigation on July 19 of the kidnapping of Tabitha Campbell, 36, of Quincy. A search warrant was conducted in a room at the Welcome Inn, which led to the discovery of evidence relating to an alleged aggravated domestic battery and kidnapping that occurred July 17 at the Welcome Inn. Police suspected Campbell was taken against her will by Mason.
Campbell was found July 21 in Marked Tree, Arkansas after escaping from Mason.
Mason was captured Sept. 14 in Marshall County, Kentucky after a
search involving Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, Benton police,
Marshall County Fire Rescue Squad, Calloway County Fire, Ledbetter Fire,
Kentucky State Police, Marshall County Constable 2, and Marshall County
EMS. He was taken into custody in a wooded area around 10:30 p.m.
Mason, 40, of Turrell, Arkansas, faces one count of aggravated kidnapping and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, all Class X felonies. He faces between six and 30 years in the Department of Corrections on each count. If convicted, he faces mandatory consecutive sentencing.
Mason is being held in the Adams County Jail on a $2 million bond. Illinois’ “Truth In Sentencing” for violent crimes also applies to Mason’s case. If convicted, he must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before he can get out of prison.
Truth in sentencing: First enacted in 1984, TIS laws require offenders
to serve a substantial portion of their prison sentence. Parole eligibility and
good-time credits are restricted or eliminated.
Also remember that a high bond is a preemptive de facto finding of guilt. The presumption of innocence is never seen in the Adams county court system.
“were the result of the City of Quincy’s and the County of Adams’ and
the Adams County Coroner’s Office’s policies and widespread practices of
pursuing convictions without regard to the truth, through reliance on
profoundly flawed investigations that withhold exculpatory evidence,
fabricate evidence, and coerce witnesses.” - Lovelace v. Gibson