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FRG man pleads not guilty for escape attempt

WOODSTOCK – The last time he was arraigned, Dylan E. Draut surprised the courtroom with a frantic escape attempt.

He flew past officers and dumbfounded attorneys and down two flights of stairs before eventually being tackled by a courthouse security officer.

On Thursday, the 39-year-old was shackled at the legs and accompanied by additional security. For all intents and purposes, the Fox River Grove man was well behaved as he was arraigned before McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather on charges stemming from the July 8 escape attempt.

Escape is a Class 2 felony with a sentencing range of three to seven years in prison.

Shortly after being arraigned in July on armed violence and burglary charges, Draut turned and ran from Prather’s courtroom on the third floor. He was wearing orange jail scrubs and sandals.

Draut has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

His attorney, Assistant Public Defender Rick Behof, also ordered a psychological evaluation for Draut. His next court date is Aug. 29.

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