CLINTON COUNTY – The Kentucky man convicted of the December 2021 murder of Wayne County, Illinois Sheriff’s Deputy Sean Riley has been offered a plea agreement on the 30 charges he’s facing in Clinton County.
Ray Tate made a video court appearance in Clinton County Court last week.
Tate, who is serving a life sentence for the slaying of Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy Sean Riley on December 29 of last year, still faces multiple felony charges in Clinton County, as well as in St. Charles County, Missouri.
Tate was captured in Clinton County the day of Deputy Riley’s shooting, and is awaiting trial there on 30 separate charges, including aggravated kidnapping, home invasion, aggravated unlawful restraint and possession of stolen firearms.
In a court docket entry on Wednesday, it was revealed that the Clinton County State’s Attorney has forwarded a plea offer to Tate, who remains at the Menard State Penitentiary in Chester.
Tate is demanding a jury trial in the Clinton County matter and has requested in-person hearings, but a judge has denied that request, leaving Tate to make court appearances via video.
Law enforcement officials involved in Tate’s case are aware that he poses a high escape risk. Tate escaped from a Louisiana prison in 2005, and while he was awaiting trial in the Sean Riley murder case, he attempted to escape from the Jefferson County jail in Mount Vernon. Corrections officers caught him in the kitchen area of the jail before he could complete his escape.
Tate also told Clinton County officials that he anticipates being transferred to the St. Charles County, Missouri jail where he faces another 14 felony charges, including kidnapping, armed criminal action, armed robbery and vehicle hijacking.
In Wayne County, Tate is trying to withdraw his guilty plea, claiming his plea was the result of “coercion” and inadequate representation of counsel.
Tate also claimed he was not mentally competent to enter a guilty plea and that he was never given a mental evaluation.
The next hearing on Tate’s request to withdraw his guilty plea in the Wayne County case is set for October 20th.
The next hearing in Tate’s pending case in Clinton County has been set for October 24th.