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Three Sentenced to Department Of Corrections Monday in Gallatin County Court

Three individuals were sentenced to prison Monday, July 17, 2017, in Gallatin County Circuit Court.

John H. Oldham, Jr., was sentenced on two felony counts of burglary alleged to have been committed on July 10, 2017 and July 13, 2017.   Oldham pleaded guilty to both counts.  One count alleged that Oldham burglarized an outbuilding of a Shawneetown resident and the second for committing a vehicle burglary in Shawneetown.  Oldham received a four-year sentence on each count to be served consecutively; effectively an eight-year sentence.  Oldham will also be required to serve two years of parole.

Oldham was apprehended by Shawneetown Police while on a foot patrol in the early morning hours of July 13, 2017.  While on the foot patrol the Shawneetown officer observed Oldham inside a parked vehicle at the rear of a residence.  Police then observed Oldham taking property items out of the vehicle and arrested him on sight.  Later, a search warrant was executed at Oldham’s residence.   Police found property at Oldham’s residence with another victim’s name written on it, which led authorities to investigate the second burglary of the outbuilding.

The case was investigated by the Shawneetown Police Department and the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Department.  The case was prosecuted by Gallatin County State’s Attorney Doug Dyhrkopp.



Charles N. Wenzel, was sentenced on one count of Possession of Methamphetamine Manufacturing Materials.  Wenzel received a four-year sentence to the Illinois Department of Corrections and will serve a two-year term of parole.  The amended charge alleged that Wenzel had in his possession certain chemicals and precursors with the intent that he would manufacture methamphetamine.

The case was investigated by the Illinois State Police and prosecuted by Special Prosecutor Ralph Fowler.

William Stetson Levi Baker, was sentenced to a three-year prison sentence with one-year of mandatory supervised release for Aggravated Battery-Public Place.  Baker also was recommended to participate in the Impact Incarceration Program or Bootcamp Program through the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Baker pleaded guilty to one count of Aggravated Battery in a Public Place in that he struck an individual in the face and about the body while located in a public street at Main and Crawford in Ridgway, Gallatin County, Illinois.  Baker was serving a term of felony probation at the time he committed the Aggravated Battery offense.

The case was investigated by the Ridgway Police Department and prosecuted by Gallatin County State’s Attorney Doug Dyhrkopp.