Union County State's Attorney's Office

Union County State’s Attorney Edmonds meets with Gov. Pritzker, legislative leaders

FOR RELEASE: Thursday, April 11, 2019

Contact: David Isaacson, disaacson@fightcrime.org<mailto:disaacson@fightcrime.org>, 312-265-2260 ext. 103

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler Edmonds joins Illinois law enforcement leaders in Springfield to advocate for crime prevention programs Police Chiefs, Sheriffs, and State’s Attorneys urge Governor Pritzker to invest in kids Springfield, Illinois – Union County State’s Attorney Tyler Edmonds joined nine other Illinois law enforcement leaders – all members of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids – on a visit to Springfield yesterday. The police chiefs, sheriffs, and state’s attorneys held meetings with Governor JB Pritzker, Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, and dozens of state legislators to advocate for programs that get children off to a good start in life, and help get troubled children back on track. These programs, including quality preschool and child care, home visiting, afterschool, and anti-recidivism programs, are proven to significantly reduce crime.

Photo attached: Union County State’s Attorney Tyler Edmonds greets Illinois Governor JB Pritzker after a meeting in Springfield on Wednesday. Edmonds and other law enforcement leaders from around the state stressed the importance of early childhood education as a crime prevention tool.

 

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Illinois is the state office of a national, non-profit, bipartisan, anti-crime organization of more than 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, leaders of law enforcement organizations, and victims of crime.

Dongola Man Indicted on 23 Counts of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 2, 2019

 

Dongola Man Indicted on 23 Counts of Child Pornography

 

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today that Chad Anthony Miller (DOB 1/21/1991) of Dongola, Illinois has been indicted by the Union County Grand Jury on twenty three (23) counts of Child Pornography with twenty (20) counts being Class X Felonies and three (3) counts being Class 2 Felonies.  Miller was also indicted on one (1) count of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, a Class 2 Felony.  Miller is charged with taking photographs of a child under the age of 13 and sharing child pornography through a mobile phone application.  Miller was initially arrested in February 2019 on the Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse charge following an investigation by the Union County Sheriff’s Office.  Investigation by the Union County Sheriff’s Office is ongoing with assistance from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Miller is being held in the Jackson County Jail in Murphysboro on $500,000.00 bond.  The matter is set for Arraignment on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.

 

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.

Jury Finds Cairo Man Guilty of Armed Violence and Armed Habitual Criminal

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March 27, 2019

 

Jury Finds Cairo Man Guilty of Armed Violence and Armed Habitual Criminal

 

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today that Ronald Andrew Hill (DOB 07/24/1980) of Cairo, Illinois was found guilty today after a two day jury trial on two (2) counts of Armed Violence and one (1) count of Armed Habitual Criminal, all Class X Felonies.  Hill was arrested in August 2018 by Anna Police following a traffic stop in which he was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun, cannabis and a controlled substance.  A sentencing hearing has been set for May 31, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.  Hill faces between 15 and 30 years in prison.

 

The case was investigated by the Anna Police Department with assistance from the Jonesboro Police Department and Illinois State Police Forensic Sciences Command.

 

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

 

“Go Blue” to End Child Abuse

State’s Attorney Encourages Public to Observe Child Abuse Prevention Month during the Month of April

March 25, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

State’s Attorney Encourages Public to Observe
Child Abuse Prevention Month during the Month of April

JONESBORO—Beginning next week, Union County will join communities across Southern Illinois in observing Child Abuse Prevention Month.  We will kick off a number of local events on Monday, April 1, 2019 with a 9:00AM proclamation signing in front of the Union County Courthouse.

Child abuse prevention and awareness is a responsibility for all of us.  As government officials, we join educators, business leaders, human service providers, houses of faith and other organizations in standing up for the right of children to have great childhoods free from abuse and neglect.

For prosecutors and members of law enforcement, the long term effects of child abuse and neglect are something we see firsthand on a daily basis.  Far too often, the pain of a difficult childhood starts a young person down a path that leads not only to continuing the cycle of abuse but a costly lifetime of engagement with the justice system and corrections.

What if instead of arresting and prosecuting adults we had the chance to heal the hearts and stabilize the homes of young people before they ever got to that point?  Our office has worked diligently to deal with these situations on the frontend through our Victims’ Advocates and by collaborating with programs such as Juvenile Justice and Redeploy Illinois in order to turn as many individuals as possible from a darker path.

We all have a role to play in reducing child abuse and neglect.  One of the ways to get started is by wearing a blue ribbon during the month of April.  That may feel like a very small act but it’s a powerful signal to the young people around us that if they are facing abuse that we are adults they can turn to for help.

We ask that you join us on April 1 at the proclamation signing, by dressing in blue on “Wear Blue Day” on Friday, April 5 and by participating in other Child Abuse Prevention activities throughout the month of April.  Let’s stand up as a county for our children and their right to a great childhood!

 

Two Sentenced to Prison for DUI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 15, 2019

Two Sentenced to Prison for DUI

 

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

 

William Marion May (DOB: 11/11/1967) of Dongola, Illinois has been sentenced to six (6) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to one (1) count of Aggravated Driving under the Influence of Alcohol (Class X Felony).  May will also serve a three (3) year Mandatory Supervised Release.  May was arrested in January 2019 following a traffic stop conducted by Union County Sheriff’s Deputies.  The charge was elevated to a Class X Felony based upon prior DUI convictions.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney, Lisa C. Casper.

 

David Carl Dover (DOB: 06/01/1959) of Anna, Illinois has been sentenced to three (3) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to one (1) count of Aggravated Driving under the Influence of Alcohol (Class 2 Felony).  Dover will also serve a two (2) year Mandatory Supervised Release.  Dover was arrested in September 2018 following a traffic stop conducted by Union County Sheriff’s Deputies.  The charge was elevated to a Class 2 Felony based upon prior DUI convictions.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney, Lisa C. Casper.

 

 

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

Anna Man Sentenced to Prison for Biting Police Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

March 14, 2019

Anna Man Sentenced to Prison for Biting Police Officer

 

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today that Tyler Michael Henderson (DOB: 10/20/1993) of Anna, Illinois has been sentenced to three (3) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to one (1) count of Aggravated Battery (Class 2 Felony).  Henderson will also serve a two (2) year Mandatory Supervised Release.  Henderson bit the arm of an Anna Police officer in February 2019 as he was being arrested for another offense.

 

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

Chester Man Charged with First Degree Murder

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February 6, 2019

Chester Man Charged with First Degree Murder

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds and Union County Sheriff Scott Harvel announced today that William P. Wasmund (DOB 10-28-1970) of 1510 Hyland Road, Chester, Illinois has been indicted on one (1) count of First Degree Murder in connection with the death of Jeffery A. Spicer (DOB 09-13-1965) of Murphysboro. The charges result from an extensive investigation by the Union County Sheriff’s Office and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Spicer was found dead along the highway at 7625 State Route 3 North in rural Union County on September 16, 2018. Wasmund is charged with setting a shotgun with a trigger set to fire when the door of a shed opened knowing that such act created a strong probability of death or great bodily harm to any person opening the door of the shed. The shed was located at the 7625 State Route 3 North property.

Wasmund was taken into custody early Wednesday morning at the Chester Police Department. Wasmund is set for First Appearance on Thursday, February 7 at 9:00 a.m. before Presiding Judge Mark Boie at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro. Wasmund is being held in the Jackson County Jail on $1,000,000 bond.

Agencies assisting the Union County Sheriff’s Office and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation include Illinois State Police Crime Scene, Carbondale Police / SIUC Police Bomb Squad, Illinois Secretary of State Police Bomb Squad and the Union County Coroner’s Office.

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.

Union County State’s Attorney Alerts Public to Dangers of Tax Identity Theft

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Union County State’s Attorney Alerts Public to Dangers of Tax Identity Theft

JONESBORO—As the public observes Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds advises taxpayers to be aware of the threat of identity theft and to take essential steps to reduce their risk.

Avoid And Report IRS Impersonators.  The IRS will not call you with threats of jail or lawsuits.  The IRS will also not contact you via text, email or social media.  Report IRS impersonators at https://www.tigta.gov.

Keep Your Computer Secure.  Routinely install software updates to your computer or configure it to automatically update.  Run a firewall and antivirus software.  Perform regular backups.  Only download and install software from websites you know and trust.  Do not allow remote access to strangers claiming to provide technical support.

Secure Your Online Accounts.  Use strong passwords and don’t use the same one for multiple accounts.  Never share private information on websites that aren’t encrypted; look for the HTTPS in the address.  Do not access online accounts from public or otherwise shared computers.

Avoid Phishing Threats.  Do not share private information via email.  Do not click links in email; go directly to websites to log into them.  Do not open an attachment in an email unless it’s something you expected from someone you know.  Do not accept random calls from people claiming to provide technical support.

Protect Private Information.  Keep important documents locked away securely.  Shred documents containing private information before throwing them away.  Do not share private information on social media.

For additional tips to secure your identity, download the IRS’s guide at https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p4524.pdf.

If you are a victim of tax identity theft, go to https://www.irs.gov/identitytheft for details on steps to take.

Vienna Woman Sentenced to Prison for Continuing Financial Crimes Enterprise

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

January 11, 2019

 

Vienna Woman Sentenced to Prison for Continuing Financial Crimes Enterprise

 

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today that Whitney L. Patton a/k/a Whitney L. Martin (DOB 06/14/1989) of Vienna, Illinois has been sentenced to six (6) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to one (1) count of Continuing Financial Crimes Enterprise, a Class 1 Felony.  Patton will serve a two (2) year period of Mandatory Supervised Release.  Patton was arrested in October 2018 following an investigation by the Anna Police.  Patton took personal checks from a vehicle parked in Anna in August 2018 and used checks at various Southern Illinois businesses.

 

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

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