Flora man sentenced to IDOC in hotel stabbing case

CLAY COUNTY — A 40-year-old Flora man was sentenced Monday in Clay County Court to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to attempted murder and aggravated battery stemming from a stabbing incident in December 2020.

Shane Highsmith was arrested after stabbing multiple people on December 27, 2020, at a Flora hotel.

He was charged with Class X felony attempted murder and three Class 3 felonies for two counts of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and being a felon in possession of a weapon.

Highsmith pleaded guilty Monday to counts one, two, and three in exchange for the weapons possession charge being dismissed.

He was sentenced to 13 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on the attempted murder charge, four years in prison on the first aggravated battery charge, and three years in prison on the second aggravated battery charge, all to be served consecutively.

Highsmith was given credit for 128 days served in the Clay County Jail where he’d been held since his arrest with bail set at $500,000.