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BELLEVILLE -- A Cahokia High School senior and robbery suspect who was being released daily to attend classes and football practice was ordered back to jail Friday after a St. Clair County judge learned the youth is not allowed to play on the football team.
Circuit Judge Milton Wharton ordered Briran Blake, who turned 18 Friday, to report to the principal's office to be taken into custody. Blake is awaiting trial on charges of aggravated robbery.
School administrators had been picking up Blake from jail each morning and dropping him off in the evening because of Wharton's Oct. 13 release order, designed to allow him to complete school for his diploma. The judge based his order on information given to him at a bail reduction hearing last week.
On Friday, Wharton called an emergency hearing and rescinded his earlier order, not because of any wrongdoing by the former Comanche running back and offensive lineman, but because those who had appeared Oct. 13 on Blake's behalf had not given the court "completely accurate" information, Wharton said.
"The court has to have 100 percent accuracy of information ... especially for serious charges," said Wharton, referring to information from witnesses and from a motion filed by Blake's attorney, Judy Cates, concerning the possibility that if released Blake could rejoin the unbeaten Cahokia Comanches football team.
"There needs to be absolute transparency in this matter," Wharton said.
Wharton held the emergency hearing in response to a News-Democrat story Friday that reported Blake has not played football this year.
On Friday, Assistant Principal Terrance Gaddy testified that although Principal Pam Manning didn't realize it when she testified for Blake last week, a regulation of the Illinois High School Association would penalize the Cahokia it allowed Blake to return. Gaddy said any student who misses more than 10 straight days of school is ineligible to play -- Blake was in jail from late August to Oct. 13. If the Comanches allowed him to return, they would not be allowed to compete in the playoffs, Gaddy said.
Wharton stressed that his previous order was aimed at education and not football. However, a court order resulting from his decision to release Blake on a limited basis contained specific references to "football practice," including dates and times.
At the previous bail reduction hearing, Cates presented as evidence several letters from colleges interested in Blake as a football player.
Wharton's order restores Blake's previous bond of $300,000, which requires $30,000 or its equivalent to be posted for release.
Cates asked for an expedited trial date and Wharton set it for Dec. 1. She also told Wharton that no eyewitness testimony connects her client to the armed robbery of several adults outside an O'Fallon residence Aug. 23.
Blake is not accused of actually carrying a weapon, but of being with another defendant who allegedly pointed what appeared to be a firearm at a man who was forced to surrender his wallet. The weapon proved to be a pellet or BB gun.
On the same day, Blake and his co-defendant, Darren Robinson, were arrested in Granite City and later charged with robbery of a woman who, according to a police report, was punched in the face.
Blake posted $5,000 and was released from the Madison County Jail, and was taken to the St. Clair County Jail.