(VIDEO) Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office releases video of inmate who died after being tased

Springfield, Illinois – The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office has voluntarily released surveillance videos of Jaimeson Cody who was pronounced deceased at a local hospital after being tased by Jail Corrections Officers. Although the videos were released, there is a gap in one of the videos which hasn’t been explained. (SEE BELOW).

According to a statement released by Sangamon County Sheriff, Jack Campbell, “On Tuesday, 4/27/21, at approximately 11:40​ p.m., a Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Officer was conducting regular cell checks and observed an inmate, Jaimeson Cody, with what appeared to be blood on his jail issued uniform. Cody had been under close observation and in a cell alone. Officers attempted to determine if Cody had any injuries by talking to him and eventually entering the cell. Cody resisted attempts for officers (along with medical staff) to check him and their attempt to handcuff him for his safety. Tasers were deployed to the legs to gain control of Cody. After he was handcuffed he became unresponsive. Medical staff immediately began CPR and an AED was brought to the scene. EMS personnel arrived at the jail and took over CPR. Cody was transported to Memorial Medical Center. The Sheriff’s Office was notified at approximately 12:35 a.m. that Cody was deceased at Memorial Medical Center. The Illinois State Police has taken over this investigation.”

The video of the incident is shown below:

The first video is from a surveillance camera that is directly pointing into Cody’s Cell:

The second video is from a surveillance camera which is pointed towards the booking desk. In this video below, Cody’s Cell is to the right of the booking desk. The video also has a gap which starts at the 12:25 mark. It is unknown why that gap is missing.

The third video is from a surveillance camera which is showing another angle of Cody’s Cell. Cody’s Cell is straight ahead in the video.

Cody’s cause of death is still under investigation by the Illinois State Police and Sangamon County Coroner, Jim Allmon.

According to Coroner Allmon, he tells us, “It may be a month or more before I get everything I need in front of me to determine the cause and manner of his death.”

Stay tuned to Springfield Leaks for more updates to this story.

Mother of deceased Sangamon County Jail Inmate said her son was going crazy; Arresting officer described him as confused

Springfield, Illinois – On April 28, 2021, Jaimeson Cody, 39, of Divernon Illinois was pronounced deceased at Memorial Medical Center around 12:32 a.m. after being tased in the Sangamon County Jail.

According to documents we received, on April 27 around 12:52 a.m., Divernon Police Officers Thomas Hiatt and John Pearce were called to a Divernon apartment in response to a disturbance. During the 911 call, the victim, stated that her son Cody was “going crazy inside the house,” and “tearing up the residence.”

When officers arrived to the residence, they temporarily placed Cody in handcuffs after they noticed an eight inch vegetable knife laying on the counter. Officers spoke with Cody’s mom, who was described as visibly upset. She told Officer Pearce that Cody had grabbed her around the neck and pushed her into a door. She also mentioned that Cody had also grabbed the knife that was on the counter and lunged at her with a slashing motion, threatening to cut her. Officers reported that Cody’s mom didn’t have any visible lacerations, but did note that the area around her neck and collar bones was red and inflamed.

Cody was arrested and booked into the Sangamon County Jail at 1:21 a.m. on pending criminal charges of Aggravated Domestic Battery and Aggravated Assault with a Weapon. Before being booked into the Sangamon County Jail, Divernon officers reported that Cody was confused why he was being arrested, but made very little conversation.

According to follow up reports, Divernon Police Chief, Jason Martin, said he was contacted by Cody’s mom a few hours before Cody was pronounced deceased. At 11:30 a.m., Cody’s mom called Chief Martin and reported being scared that Cody was going to get out and come back to her home. Chief Martin told her that Cody couldn’t return to the home for a 72-hour period and recommended that she gets an order of protection. Cody’s mom also stated that she found a pipe in Cody’s bedroom and the pipe had a clear liquid in it. Chief Martin told her that although it was found in his room, it would be a non-probable evidence as it could not be proved to be Cody’s.

Later in the day, at approximately 11:40 p.m., according to Sangamon County Sheriff Jack Campbell, a Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Officer was conducting regular cell checks and observed Cody with what appeared to be blood on his jail issued uniform. Cody had been under close observation and in a cell alone. Officers attempted to determine if Cody had any injuries by talking to him and eventually entering the cell. He resisted attempts for officers (along with medical staff) to check him and their attempt to handcuff him for his safety. Tasers were deployed to the legs to gain control of him. After he was handcuffed he became unresponsive. Medical staff immediately began CPR and an AED was brought to the scene. EMS personnel arrived at the jail and took over CPR.

The next hour, at 12:32 a.m., Cody was pronounced deceased in the emergency room.

On April 29, at 9:36 a.m., Chief Martin returned a phone call to Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon. According to Chief Martin, Coroner Allmon wanted an overview of Cody’s arrest. While Coroner Allmon was speaking with Chief Martin, he stated that when he went to deliver the Death notification, Cody’s mom stated she had found a pipe. Coroner Allmon said after taking a closer look, it was actually a butane lighter. Chief Martin also let Coroner Allmon know that on the day of Cody’s arrest, he also had a conversation with his mom about a pipe and baggie she had found. After further discussion, it was decided that with the death of Cody, those items would be collected and given to the Coroner’s office for further evaluation of what they may contain.

At 11:29 a.m., Chief Martin went and spoke to Cody’s mom at her residence. While speaking to her, she had two glass pipes with residue, and an empty small zip lock bag. Chief Martin, who was voluntarily given the items, placed them into separate clear plastic evidence bags and booked them in for evidence to be transferred to the Coroners office.

According to Coroner Allmon, he tells us, “It may be a month or more before I get everything I need in front of me to determine the cause and manner of his death.”

At this time, The Illinois State Police and the Sangamon County Coroner’s Office are still investigating Cody’s death.

Sangamon County Jail inmate who died has been identified

Jaimeson Cody – Age 39

Springfield, Illinois – A Sangamon County Jail inmate who has died has been identified as Jaimeson Cody, 39, of Divernon Illinois.

Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon tells us, “I responded to Memorial Medical Center’s emergency room shortly before 1:00 a.m., this morning in reference to an individual who was transported by EMS from the Sangamon County Jail.

Coroner Allmon has identified the deceased as Jaimeson Cody, 39, of Divernon. Mr. Cody was pronounced deceased at 12:32 a.m. by hospital staff in the emergency room.

An autopsy was done this afternoon and the preliminary cause of death is pending additional studies and review of investigative records. The death is under investigation by the Sangamon County Coroner’s Office and the Illinois State Police.”

According to records, Cody was arrested by Officer Tom Hiatt who was working at the Divernon Police Department at the time.

Hiatt, who was fired as the Grandview Police Department Police Chief and then rehired by the Department as a Sergeant is also an officer at the Divernon Police Department, according to a Springfield Leaks source.

At this time, it is unknown why Cody was arrested, but we do know that he was booked into the Sangamon County Jail on a felony charge, according to records we have received.

Sangamon County Sheriff Jack Campbell released a statement about Cody’s death and said, “A Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Officer was conducting regular cell checks and observed an inmate, Cody, with what appeared to be blood on his jail issued uniform. Cody had been under close observation and in a cell alone. Officers attempted to determine if Cody had any injuries by talking to him and eventually entering the cell.

Cody resisted attempts for officers (along with medical staff) to check him and their attempt to handcuff him for his safety. Tasers were deployed to the legs to gain control of Cody. After he was handcuffed he became unresponsive. Medical staff immediately began CPR and an AED was brought to the scene. EMS personnel arrived at the jail and took over CPR.

Cody was transported to Memorial Medical Center. The Sheriff’s Office was notified at approximately 12:35 a.m. that Cody was deceased at MMC. The Illinois State Police will be in charge of the investigation.”

Stay tuned to Springfield Leaks for further developments.

Second victim in fatal Springfield IL shooting remains in stable condition; Car used by suspects located

Springfield, Illinois – Yesterday, At 7:18 p.m., The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office received a call of shots fired at a vehicle in the parking lot at the Crossing Too Liquor Store, located at 2828 Clearlake Ave.

The vehicle, which was shot at several times, left eastbound and into Bergen park where it stopped after striking a tree. Officers discovered two male victims. James Simpson, age 21, was found at the scene deceased and the other victim, who has now been identified as 20 year old Courtlan A. Williams, of Springfield, Il., was transported to St. John’s Hospital with a gunshot wound. According to an update from Sangamon County Sheriff Jack Campbell, Williams remains in stable condition.

Sheriff Campbell also reported that Surveillance video shows the suspect being dropped off in the area of the liquor store. That car has been located and is being held by detectives for processing.

Persons of interest have been developed and detectives continue to follow leads and interview witnesses.

Anyone with further information can call the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division at 217/753-6840

Victim in yesterday’s fatal shooting in Springfield IL has been identified; GoFundMe Page seeking donations for funeral

James Simpson Jr. – Age 21

Springfield, Illinois – At 7:18 p.m., The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office received a call of shots fired at a vehicle in the parking lot at the Crossing Too Liquor Store, located at 2828 Clearlake Ave. 

The vehicle, which was shot at several times, left eastbound and into Bergen park where it stopped after striking a tree.  Officers discovered two male victims.  James Simpson, age 21, was found at the scene deceased and the other victim, a 20 year-old male, was transported to St. John’s Hospital with a gunshot a wound and was listed in stable condition.

According to Sangamon County Coroner, Jim Allmon, an autopsy was done this morning and the preliminary cause of death suggests Mr. Simpson died from multiple gunshot wounds. 

Sangamon County Sheriff, Jack Campbell, told us that a perimeter was set up and K-9 dog was called to track down the suspect who fled on foot, but officers were unable to find the suspect. 

Illinois State Police, Springfield Police Department, the Springfield Park District and Grandview Police Department assisted the Sheriff’s Office.

At this time, there was no reports of an immediate arrest.

There has been a GOFUNDME Page set up for Simpson. If you would like to donate or view gofundme page, click here.

SPD was chasing suspect before fatal car crash on South Grand Ave; Suspect is in custody and charged with Reckless Homicide

(Left) Devin Hogan – Age 26
(Right) Scene of the vehicle crash

Springfield, Illinois – On March 13, 2021, Springfield Police were in pursuit of a suspect, who had two out of county warrants. That suspect was actively fleeing from Springfield Police at the time of the fatal car crash, according to witnesses at the scene who spoke to us.

The suspect, Devin Hogan, age 26, was driving a 2018 Dodge Charger which had “HOGAN 3” displayed on his license plate.

According to Sangamon County Prosecutors, Hogan ran a traffic light and crossed the train tracks near S. 3rd St and South Grand. When Hogan’s vehicle went over the train tracks it became airborne and struck another vehicle.

Inside the other vehicle was David Sirtout, age 37 and Stephanie Smith. According to the Sangamon County Coroner both occupants of the vehicle were transported to the hospital, but Sirtout was pronounced deceased at Memorial Medical Center in the ER Room at 9:59 p.m.

Springfield Police report that after the crash, they witnessed Hogan placing an item into a trash can located in the parking lot of the McDonalds located at 501 South Grand Ave E. When the item was retrieved by police, it was a black and red Nike shoe box containing suspected cannabis. The suspected cannabis weighed approximately 505 grams with package. Inside Hogan’s vehicle was also 4 individual bags of cannabis that weighed approximately 22 grams with package. Police also recovered $4,480, which was bundled in rubber bands, on Hogan.

Hogan also had two out of county warrants in Macon County and Cass County. According to Macon County records, Hogan was wanted in Macon County for Fleeing and eluding police, possession of cannabis and manufacturing and or delivery of cannabis of at least 500 grams. His bond amount for this warrant was $75,000 with 10 percent to apply ($7,500).

Hogan’s warrant in Cass County was for failing to pay a fine after he received court supervision for two traffic tickets. According to Cass County, Hogan received a traffic ticket for Driving on Suspended Drivers License and Expired Vehicle Registration. His Suspended Drivers License ticket was dismissed and he received court supervision for his expired vehicle registration. His bond amount in this case was $2,000 with 10 percent to apply ($200).

Hogan is current in the Sangamon County Jail and has been officially charged by the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s office with Manufacturing and or Delivery of cannabis, a class 2 felony, Reckless Homicide, a class 3 felony, 2 counts of Aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude police, a class 4 felony, 2 counts of Aggravated reckless driving, a class 4 felony, and obstruction of justice, a class 4 felony.

Hogan’s bond has been set at $325,000 and he will need to pay 10 percent ($32,500) to be released from the Sangamon County Jail.

Sirtout’s family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for his funeral. You can click here to view and or donate to his GoFundMe page.

This crash is also being investigated by the Illinois State Police.

Grandview Village President and Clerk resigns; No reason given

Grandview Village, Illinois – Springfield Leaks has learned that Grandview Village President, Rick Larson and Grandview Village Clerk, Sabrina Nudo have resigned from their positions with the Grandview Village.

Both of their resignations were submitted on March 3. According to both resignation letters we’ve received, they did not give a reason for submitting their resignations.

Larson’s resignation letter (VIEW HERE), which was submitted to Grandview Village Attorney Don Craven, simply said, “Mr. Craven: Please accept this letter as notice of resignation from the Village President position for the Village of Grandview. This is effective immediately. All village property will be turned in to the Village office this evening. All keys will be in an envelope marked Personal & Confidential to your attention.”

Nudo’s resignation letter (VIEW HERE), which was also submitted to Craven, said, “ To whom it may concern: I Sabrina Nudo am resigning from the position at Grandview as village clerk. Thank you for your time.”

Their resignation comes after Grandview’s former police chief Tom Hiatt was fired and a week later Grandview Police Officer Brent Sutton had resigned.

We’ve reached out to Larson by phone and text, but he didn’t answer.

Man in fatal car crash on S. 5th and E. South Grand Ave in Springfield, Illinois identified

Springfield, Illinois – The Sangamon County Coroner has identified the individual involved in the motor vehicle crash at South 5th Street and East South Grand Avenue in Springfield yesterday evening around 9:30 p.m.

David Sirtout, age 37 of Springfield was transported by EMS from the accident scene to the emergency room at Memorial Medical Center.

Mr. Sirtout was pronounced deceased at 9:59pm by emergency room staff.

An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow morning. The crash is under investigation by the Sangamon County Coroner and the Illinois State Police.

Four people were involved in the collision and at this time their condition is unknown.

61 y/o man sentenced to 28 years after being found guilty of sexual abuse with a child under the age of 13

Sangamon County Jail

Springfield, Illinois – Today, Associate Circuit Judge Rudolph Braud sentenced James L. Berry, age 61, to 28 years in The Illinois Department of Corrections. Berry was found guilty on November 12, 2020 of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, a class 2 felony, Sexual Exploitation of a Child under 13, a class 4 felony and Possession of a Controlled Substance (less than 15 grams of a substance containing cocaine), a class 4 felony.

A Sangamon County Jury found that Berry committed and act of sexual conduct with a child under the age of 13 in that he knowingly touched her breasts and exposed his sex organs to the victim for the purpose of sexual arousal and gratification.

Berry faced a maximum potential sentence of 30 years (served at 50% by statute). When berry is released from prison, he will serve a 3-year period of Mandatory Supervised Released. He will also be required to register as a sexual predator for the rest of his life.

After sentencing, Sangamon County State’s Attorney Dan Wright stated, “Every child deserves a safe and secure environment free from abuse of any kind. The defendant took advantage of a child for his own sexual arousal. Such depraved conduct will not be tolerated in Sangamon County and our community is safer with him behind bars.”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorneys Brian Shaw and Kendra Hansel.

The defendant was represented by William Vig.

*A picture of the defendant wasn’t immediately available.

28 year old woman arrested for Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol after a pedestrian was fatally struck in hit and run

      Miranda J. Davidson – Age 28

Montgomery County, Illinois – On March 10, 2021, at approximately 9:10 p.m., a 28 year old woman was involved in a hit and run which claimed the life of a 24 year old Montgomery County woman.

Investigators report that Miranda J. Davidson, age 28, was traveling westbound on Illinois Route 16 approximately .10 mile west of Grandpoint Avenue in Montgomery County. In the same location, Bethany A. Dixon, age 24, was also walking. Davidson struck Dixon without stopping and left the scene of the crash.

Later, Davidson returned to the scene and reported the crash. Dixon was transported to a local area hospital where she was later pronounced deceased.

The roadway was closed for approximately 4 hours for the investigation. The Illinois State Police (ISP) Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit and ISP Zone 6 responded to conduct the traffic crash investigation.

On March 12, 2021, the office of Montgomery County State’s Attorney Andrew Affrunti charged Davidson with Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Resulting in Death (Class 2 Felony).

She was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and her bond was set by the court at $100,000, 10% to apply. She must post ($10,000) to be released.