Union County State's Attorney's Office

Four Sentenced to Prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 28, 2017

Four Sentenced to Prison

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced the following sentences to the Illinois Department of Corrections:

Edward L. Whitford (DOB: 01/20/1973) of Anna, Illinois has been sentenced to four (4) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to one (1) count of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse (Class 2 Felony) and will serve a two (2) year period of Mandatory Supervised Release (formerly known as Parole) and must register as a sex offender for life.  Whitford committed an act of sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 13 years in February 2017.  Whitford was arrested in September 2017 as part of an investigation by the Illinois State Police.

John Windham Hitt (DOB: 07/11/1973) of Cape Girardeau, Missouri has been sentenced to three (3) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to one (1) count of Theft (Class 2 Felony) and will serve a two (2) year period of Mandatory Supervised Release.  Hitt took possession of property from a rural Union County residence in October 2015.  Hitt was arrested in September 2017 following an investigation by the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

Alvin Lee Dickerson (DOB: 03/26/1983) of Anna, Illinois has been sentenced to three (3) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to one (1) count of Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Vehicle (Class 2 Felony) and will serve a two (2) year period of Mandatory Supervised Release.  Dickerson was arrested in October 2017 by Anna Police after taking a vehicle from the parking lot of an Anna business.

LaCharles M. Jones (DOB: 01/17/1996) of Jonesboro, Illinois has been sentenced to four (4) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with a recommendation of impact incarceration after pleading guilty to one (1) count of Aggravated Battery (Class 3 Felony).  Jones slapped the buttocks of a customer in a Jonesboro business in November 2017.  Jones was arrested in November 2017 following an investigation by Anna Police.  Jones was also sentenced to concurrent four (4) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after admitting to a Petition for Revocation of Probation for the Original Offense of Aggravated Battery (Class 3 Felony).  Jones was arrested in May 2015 after touching the buttocks of a customer in an Anna business.  Jones was placed on Probation in July 2015.  Probation was revoked based upon the new offense.  Jones will serve a one (1) year period of Mandatory Supervised Release in both cases.

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

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