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Suspect in Campton Hills scam gets public defender, appears open to plea deal

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – Daniel R. Kellogg, a 38-year-old man who faces multiple felony charges out of Campton Hills, seems to be willing to make a deal with the Kane County State's Attorney.

In a court appearance before Judge John Barsanti on Thursday, Kellogg said he would like to put the matter behind him and make a deal.

Kellogg was taken into custody on Jan. 19 on charges that stem from fraudulent activity involving a house he rented in 2011 in the 40W700 block of Grand Monde Drive in Campton Hills. He had reportedly eluded authorities for more than a year by fleeing overseas.

Kellogg, who was dressed in orange Kane County Jail garb, also told Barsanti he wanted to represent himself.

Barsanti told him that was a very serious decision, and the effectiveness of his defense could be diminished by his dual role. He would have no extra time to prepare, and his unfamiliarity with the legal system could put the prosecutor at an advantage, Barsanti said. He noted Kellogg would not be able to change his mind during a trial.

"You can appoint me a public defender," Kellogg said.

Barsanti did.

Although Kellogg is expected to serve a five-year prison sentence for crimes committed in St. Charles, Barsanti ordered that Kellogg be kept at the Kane County Jail until further order from the court.

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