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Busy Day in White County Court

Busy Day in White County Court


White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud had a busy day in court Wednesday, wrapping up several White County cases, that resulted in a number of people going to prison.


Johnny E Tipton, 61, one of the individuals that escaped the City County Jail in June entered an open plea of guilty to escape, a class two felony. He will be sentenced on Dec. 3 and could be sent to prison for 3 to 7 years. Tipton was represented by Public Defender Brian Shinkle. The White County Sheriff’s Department was the lead agency in the matter, with assistance from several other agencies.


25 year old Jedidah M. Johnson, of Carmi will be sentenced to 35 years in prison. Johnson was found guilty of five counts of child pornography, each a Class 1 felony. He received 7 years on each count. The Carmi Police Department was the investigating agency in that case.

Starlett R. Dunn, 35, Carmi will be spending three years behind bars in an Illinois Department of Corrections facility. Dunn was arrested on a charge of a stolen vehicle, a Class Two felony. She was arrested while on furlough before having to report to prison on a separate theft charge. The sentence on the new charge will be served consecutive to the earlier sentence, which means that she will have to complete her first sentence before serving the second sentence. Carmi Police was the investigating agency in that matter.

And finally, Ramon S. Lujan, 38 was sentenced to two years prison time for possession of methamphetamine and two years for theft, a class 4 felony. The sentences will be served concurrently. Investigating that case, the Carmi Police Department.