A Delavan man will serve a six-year prison term for making a knife in Tazewell County’s jail, with alleged intentions to stab a pregnant jail guard.
Bryan Arnold, 28, pleaded guilty Tuesday to possessing contraband in a penal institution, a Class 1 felony punishable by four to 15 years. He had no prior felony convictions in Tazewell.
Arnold had been in custody for 10 days on charges of possessing a stolen vehicle and unlawful use of a credit card when another inmate told a corrections officer on Nov. 18 that Arnold had boasted he had a home-made knife, also known as a shiv.
The inmate said Arnold related that he “was going to stab the pregnant guard and run,” according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit. The officer he allegedly targeted was not identified.
Officers searched Arnold’s cell and found the weapon stashed between two chairs, the affidavit stated. Security video they reviewed showed Arnold stuffing something between the chairs where the knife was located.
Arnold told the officers he had made the knife for protection in the jail. The affidavit did not reveal what material he used to craft the weapon.
His stolen vehicle and credit card charges, in which his mother was the alleged victim, were dismissed in his plea agreement. He was given credit for the 58 days he’s spent in jail on the weapon-related charge.
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