Benton, Ill. – Shawn E. Whitecotton, 49, of Herrin, Illinois, pleaded guilty today to a two- count felony information charging him with making false statements on government forms. As part of his guilty plea, Whitecotton admitted concealing from the federal government thousands of dollars... Read More.
East St. Louis, Ill. – Joseph L. Hughes, a/k/a “Joe King,” 28, of St. Louis, Missouri, has pleaded guilty to enticement of a minor and two counts of traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a 14 year-old girl in St. Clair County, Illinois.... Read More.
Sanjay J. Lewis, 46, of Grayville, entered an open plea of guilty, Wednesday, to the offense of Aggravated Domestic Battery, a class 2 felony, and Aggravated Battery, a class 3 felony. Due to his prior criminal history, Lewis qualifies to be sentenced as a... Read More.
Clayton Andrew Swanner, 36, Crossville, entered an open plea of "guilty but mentally ill" to the offense of First Degree Murder with an agreed sentencing range of 20-45 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. The case has been set for a sentencing hearing... Read More.
A 29 year old Carmi man, Andrew P. Horne, will be spending 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, followed by 3 years up to his natural life Mandatory Supervised Release, after he was found guilty in White County Court Monday on a... Read More.
A Saline County doctor accused of killing his estranged wife and burning her body has been found guilty of first-degree murder. Brian Burns was arrested in 2016 after authorities say he killed his wife for financial gain. Prosecutors claim burns was facing a big financial hit... Read More.
In Gallatin County Circuit Court on Wednesday, a former Shawneetown man was found guilty of three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child following a two day jury trial. 45 year old George Bivens... Read More.
A Carmi man is looking at a very long time behind bars after he entered an open plea of guilty in White County Court Wednesday afternoon on five separate charges of possession of child pornography,... Read More.
Today in federal court in Benton, Illinois, Ryan A. Thorpe, 44, the former Treasurer of the City of Zeigler, Illinois, pled guilty to five counts of wire fraud and embezzlement from a local government, announced Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.... Read More.
Otha Don Watkins, III, 35, of Cairo, Illinois, pled guilty today in United States District Court in Benton to assisting James Nathanial Watts in the May 15, 2014, attempted armed robbery of the First National Bank in Cairo, announced Donald S. Boyce, United States... Read More.