Brock released from prison after 20 years

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter
Darin Brock

Darin Brock, 38, formerly of Keithsburg, has been released from detention, after servicing nearly 20 years for home invasion, cause injury, a Class X felony, and criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony.

Brock appeared in custody under the direction of the Illinois Department of Human Services. He has most recently been serving his time at a secure mental health facility in Rushville.

Technically a conditional release hearing was heard in Mercer County Court on Sept. 12, 2008, with Judge Richard Zimmer ordering conditional release. “The Department of Human Services had to set up the release plan and conditions,” said Illinois Assistant Attorney General Patrick O’Brien, who represented the state on this case.

On Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, Judge Zimmer approved the conditional release plan, after making sure that and the team in charge of monitoring Brock’s release plan had contacted the McClean County Sheriff’s office and Bloomington Police Department about his release. Brock will be living for the first month in Bloomington under home confinement with a GPS monitoring device.

Brock was initially sentenced at the age of 19 to serve 20 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections in a plea agreement, that dismissed one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault, stemming from an Aug. 29, 1989 incident in Joy and two counts of home invasion and one of aggravated criminal sexual assault filed in connection with a similar Aug. 4, 1989 incident involving an elderly woman in Keithsburg. He was given the maximum sentence agreed to during the plea bargaining.

In May 2000, a Mercer County Jury found Darin L. Brock to be a sexually violent person and he was committed for institutional care in a secure facility on May 17, 2000.

He agreed on Nov. 14, 2008, to comply with a treatment plan and conditions that will be handled by the BroMenn Counseling services, located in Bloomington. Liberty Healthcare Corporation (LHC) has a contractual agreement with the Department of Human Services to provide case management services. The treatment plan includes that he refrain from any contact with victims or their families, or any additional victims identified during the course of treatment; provide a written daily log of activities and monthly written report as directed by the Illinois Department of Human Services case management team; actively seek employment; pay all monthly living expenses and support any dependents; not employ or participate in any activities that involve contact with children, except under circumstances approved by the conditional release agent; not reside near or visit, be in or around parks, schools, day care centers, swimming pools, beaches, theaters or any place where minor children congregate without the conditional release agent; be subject to periodic lie detector exams, as needed.

He is also ordered to not leave the state of Illinois without the consent of the court, not leave the county of residence without the approval of LHC conditional release agent.