4/5/2018 10:00:00 AM Flat Rock man sentenced to 9 years for battery
By BILL RICHARDSON Daily News
For the next day or two, a Flat Rock man will continue to call Lawrence County home.
Then Uriah Shiloh Robinson will be off to the Illinois Department of Corrections for a nine-year term imposed Monday in Lawrence County Circuit Court by Judge Robert M. Hopkins.
Robinson, 67, was convicted by a jury of eight men and four women of aggravated battery - a Class 3 felony - on March 12. Lawrence County State's attorney Michael M. Strange, during Monday's sentencing hearing, asked that a the maximum term - 10 years in this case - be ordered. However, he was satisfied with the nine-year sentence.
"The defendant in this case is a violent guy. He's unpredictable," said Strange, who noted that Robinson will be subject to a year of mandatory supervised release when he gets out of prison, and that he is responsible for court costs. "I would have asked for more (time in prison) if I could have. But I think for this matter, with the sentencing guidelines we have in Illinois, it's appropriate."
Robinson will be given credit for the 134 days spent in Lawrence County Jail. He could be released in less than five years, if he behaves well in the Department of Corrections and receives day-for-day credit.
"I will get out some day," Robinson said during the course of Monday's hearing.
Strange said that Robinson will be placed into the DOC system relatively soon, certainly by the end of this week. Some legal work must be taken care of first, then the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department till transport Robinson to his destination.
Robinson, who was much more subdued on Monday than when he was found guilty on March 12, indicated to Hopkins that he will appeal the verdict, and ask for a new trial. He acted on his own council during the one-day trial in March, and did the same at Monday's sentencing hearing. Lawrenceville attorney Daniel Shinkle represented Robinson early in the proceedings. However, Robinson chose to dismiss Shinkle and act in his own behalf.
Robinson, clad in Lawrence County Jail stripes and shower shoes, entered the courtroom at 1:50 p.m. Monday, surrounded by four deputies from the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department.
The proceeding started a few minutes later, and lasted about 35 minutes.
Because of his outlandish behavior at the conclusion of last month's trial, at which time he threatened Hopkins, Strange, law enforcement, jurors and everyone else in the courtroom, Robinson was handcuffed and shackled during the sentencing hearing.
Robinson "objected" to being cuffed and shackled, but Strange successfully argued that the restraints remain.
Strange called only one witness, Jay Foreman, Russellville. Foreman testified that he'd visited Robinson at his home, and drank a beer with him. Foreman said that he and Robinson were "old friends" and testified that Robinson had offered him $1,000 for a weapon. Robinson planned to use the weapon, Foreman testified, to cause harm to a family of area farmers.
Robinson, who at one point in his life was known as William Curtis Collins, called upon only himself to testify. He accused Foreman of telling lies under oath.
"There was not one threatening remark made in any way," he said of the meeting with Foreman.
During the rest of his testimony, Robinson delved into the history of Mormons in Illinois, while also talking about Catholics and Nazis.
Strange asked that Hopkins take Robinson's long criminal history - including a past felony conviction for aggravated battery - and his previous courtroom behavior into consideration, as well as the threats that Foreman testified to.
"He's not fit to be among the law-abiding citizens of this community, or any other," Strange said.
Just prior to leaving the court room, Robinson announced the he had a better chance for justice in Nazi Germany than he did in Lawrence County.
And, he issued a final warning.
"God will ruin this nation in the next 50 years," he said. "There's nothing you can do to prevent it."