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Crime & Courts

Escape attempt nets prison time

WOODSTOCK – A foiled escape attempt from a McHenry County courtroom ended in a prison sentence for the would-be absconder.


Dylan E. Draut, of Fox River Grove, pleaded guilty Tuesday to burglary and attempted escape. He was sentenced to a total of six years in prison under a plea agreement accepted by Judge Sharon Prather.


Draut was given four years on the burglary charge and two years for attempted escape. The escape charge will be served consecutively following the burglary sentence.


On an otherwise quiet Monday in July, Draut surprised everyone in Prather's third floor courtroom with his brazen escape attempt.


Shortly after being arraigned for charges stemming from a June burglary, the 39-year-old sprinted from the courtroom past sheriff's office corrections officers, attorneys and courtroom spectators.


Draut, wearing orange jail scrubs and sandals at the time, ran down two flights of stairs and jumped over a railing from the stairway landing to the lobby. There, he was met and tackled by a courthouse security officer.


Prisoners who attend court in McHenry County courtrooms typically are escorted by jail guards through secure hallways and elevators directly into courtrooms.


At subsequent court appearances, Draut was sometimes shackled at the hands – as he was on Tuesday – or by his feet.


According to the criminal complaint from the burglary charge, Draut was armed with crowbars when on June 9, he broke into the Crystal Lake Rib House at 5111 Terra Cotta Ave.

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