April 23, 2012


Vil­la Ridge Man Sen­tenced to Three Years in Prison for Domes­tic Battery


Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds, act­ing as spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor in Pulas­ki Coun­ty, announced today that William A. Kern (DOB 01-24-1979) of 301 Dako­ta Road, Vil­la Ridge in Pulas­ki Coun­ty has been sen­tenced to three (3) years in the Illi­nois Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions on one (1) count of Aggra­vat­ed Domes­tic Bat­tery, a Class 2 Felony.  Kern was arrest­ed after Pulas­ki Coun­ty Sheriff’s Deputies and Illi­nois State Police were called to Kern’s res­i­dence on the evening of May 17, 2011.  The charges were filed as part of a firearms inves­ti­ga­tion con­duct­ed by the Bureau of Alco­hol, Tobac­co, Firearms and Explo­sives (ATF), the Illi­nois State Police, and the Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office, all oper­at­ing under the FASTEN Task Force (Fed­er­al and State Traf­fick­ing Enforce­ment Network).


As a part of the plea agree­ment, Kern also plead­ed guilty to one (1) count of Dri­ving under the Influ­ence, a Class A Mis­de­meanor.  Kern was arrest­ed on the DUI charge by Illi­nois State Police on June 10, 2011 on Inter­state 57 in Pulas­ki County.


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.