Centralia man acting as own attorney gets 11-year prison sentence

MARION COUNTY — A 24-year-old inmate of the Marion County jail who represented himself in court pleaded guilty today in separate felony cases, and was sentenced to 11 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

T.J. Robert Chumley (Credit: MCSO)
T.J. Robert Chumley
(Credit: MCSO)

T.J. Robert Chumley, of Centralia, pleaded guilty to three Class 2 felony charges of burglary, and was sentenced to three years on each count to be served concurrently.

He also pleaded guilty to Class 3 felony aggravated battery in a public place, for a January incident in which he struck 22-year-old fellow inmate Jeremy Woodward, of Alma, approximately 15 times. That sentence is to be served following the first three-year sentence.

A Class 1 felony charge of bringing a controlled substance into the jail was dismissed, along with misdemeanor charges of cannabis possession and resisting a police officer.

The two misdemeanor charges were filed along with an amended felony charge of delivery of meth when Chumley had failed to return to the jail from a furloughed release. The misdemeanor charges were dismissed, and he was sentenced to 5-years on the amended felony, to be served following the two three-year sentences.

Chumley had dismissed his public defender after incurring the first charge while in jail.