A Wood River man with a long criminal past will spend the next four and a half years in jail for running from police. 47-year-old Joseph Shimchick was sentenced in Madison County Court for aggravated fleeing from a case in January, but is also facing a charge of retail theft for an incident that allegedly took place while he was awaiting a court date on the fleeing charge.
In that alleged retail theft case, Shimchick is accused of trying to return items to the Wood River Wal-Mart on July 5 that he did not purchase. He could receive up to six years in that case. Associate Judge Neil Schroeder took into consideration the plea from Shimchick’s attorney that he receive a lighter sentence since he cares for his 14-year-old daughter. Schroeder could have sentenced him to up to six years in jail for the fleeing conviction. Shimchick’s court record includes 21 misdemeanor convictions, four burglary convictions, four for felony theft and three violations of probation.