Man tries to escape during courthouse hearing

By WEEK Producer

April 13, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 4:15 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- An attempted escape from the Peoria County Courthouse has earned a local man the possibility of additional prison time.

Gyrune Linwood, Jr. had just been sentenced to two years in prison by Judge Steve Kouri.

Thursday morning, he bolted for the courtroom door.

Bailiff Gary Mitchell grabbed him as he passed. Deputy Larissa Rutherford jumped on Linwood and the two fell through the door struggling with each other.

"He kind of got up and ran away, and that's when prosecutor Seth Uphoff tackled him," said Rutherford. "And I immediately got up off the ground and that's when I tased him."

"I suppose we had to chase him some 15 or 20 yards down the hallway before we could bring him down," recalled Seth Uphoff, assistant prosecutor.

Edward Ludolph, Court Security Administrator said it was a good outcome to a very dangerous situation.

Linwood is charged with felony "resisting a correctional officer". Additional charges could be coming.

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