Big Muddy Inmate Pleads Guilty to Sex Crime Committed in IDOC

Wendell Washington
Source: IDOC

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A man currently housed in the Big Muddy River Correctional Center pleaded guilty in Jefferson County court on Wednesday to sexually assaulting a fellow inmate.

51-year-old Wendell Washington was sentenced to 10 years in prison for aggravated criminal sexual assault. The guilty plea serves as admission of guilt to sexually assaulting a man 60 years of age or older on Jan. 18. An aggravated battery charge was dismissed, but Washington had been accused of striking the victim in the neck and hand with his fist.

Washington is in the middle of serving an eight-year sentence for a violation of sex offender registation which was handed down in 2014. This new sentence for the Class X felony will be served following the completion of the eight-year term.

Court reports indicate that Washington has an extensive criminal history. Washington has received credit for 54 days of time served and will have three years of mandatory supervised release following his prison sentence.