Union County State's Attorney's Office

Grand Jury Returns Indictments Against Six Individuals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 5, 2013

Grand Jury Returns Indictments Against Six Individuals

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today the Union County Grand Jury has returned indictments against the following individuals:

Alfred N. Aukema, II (DOB 09/15/1973) formerly of Anna, Illinois is charged with one (1) count of Criminal Sexual Assault, a Class 1 Felony and Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, a Class 2 Felony.  Aukema is alleged to have committed sexual acts with a minor under the age of 16 years old.  The indictment follows an investigation by Union County Sheriff’s Office.  Charges were initially filed by information in 2011.  Aukema was arrested in Florida and extradited in June 2013 with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service.  Aukema is being held at the Jackson County Jail on $150,000 bond.  Aukema is set to appear on July 9, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. for Arraignment at the Union County Courthouse, Jonesboro, Illinois.

Roger D. Cannon, Sr. (DOB 11/19/1956) of Anna, Illinois is charged with two (2) counts of Domestic Battery, both Class 4 Felonies.  Cannon is alleged to have struck a household member.  Cannon was arrested by Anna Police in June 2013.  Cannon is set to appear on August 13, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. for Pre-Trial at the Union County Courthouse, Jonesboro, Illinois.

Matthew C. Lewis (DOB 05/30/1973) of Vienna, Illinois is charged with one (1) count of Attempted Home Invasion, a Class 1 Felony, one (1) count of Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapons, a Class 4 Felony, and two (2) counts of Aggravated Assault, both Class 4 Felonies.  Lewis is alleged to have attempted to force entry into a residence in Jonesboro in May 2013 while armed with a firearm.  The Union County Sheriff’s Office, Jonesboro Police and Illinois Conservation Police responded to the scene and fired upon Lewis after he threatened officers with the firearm.  Lewis is currently being held at the Jackson County Jail on $200,000 bond.  A motion for a fitness examination was granted on July 2, 2013 and Lewis is set for a Fitness Hearing on July 30, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. before Presiding Judge Mark Boie.

Byford J. Miller (DOB 06/07/1984) of Dongola, Illinois is charged with one (1) count of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine Manufacturing Materials.  Miller was arrested at an Anna retailer June 8 by Anna Police.  The Union County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation.  Miller is set to appear on July 9, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. for Arraignment at the Union County, Illinois. 

Karen S. Nichols (DOB 06/09/1969) of rural Anna, Illinois is charged with one (1) count of Aggravated Kidnapping, a Class X Felony, one (1) count of Armed Robbery, a Class X Felony, and one (1) count of Aggravated Unlawful Restraint, a Class 3 Felony.  Nichols is alleged to have kidnapped a newborn child from a location in rural Union County during the evening of June 28, 2013.  Nichols was arrested that evening and is currently being held in the Jackson County Jail in Murphysboro on $500,000 bond.  Investigation continues by the Union County Sheriff’s Office and Illinois State Police.  Nichols is set to appear on July 30, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. for Arraignment at the Union County Courthouse, Jonesboro, Illinois.

William Tribout (DOB 03/04/1962) of Anna, Illinois is charged with one (1) count of Unlawful Possession of Weapons by Felons, a Class 3 Felony.  Tribout was arrested on May 10, 2013 at his residence by Anna Police.  Tribout is set to appear on August 6, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. for Pre-Trial at the Union County Courthouse, Jonesboro, Illinois.

The Union County State’s Attorney’s Office reminds the public that charges are not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Media: Please contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office at (618) 833-5500 for any available booking photographs.

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