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.