July 11, 2013

Four Mis­souri Res­i­dents Charged with Home Inva­sion and Armed Robbery

Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today that Antho­ny T. Sam­ple (DOB 06/30/1977) of Jack­son, Mis­souri, Wes­ley M. Jones, III (DOB 11/30/1984) of Cape Girardeau, Mis­souri, Jen­na A. Young (DOB 07/07/1986) of Oak Ridge, Mis­souri, and Lak­isha S. Bernachi (DOB 04/29/1994) of Cape Girardeau, Mis­souri, have each been charged with one (1) count of Home Inva­sion, a Class X Felony and one (1) count of Armed Rob­bery, a Class X Felony.  All four are alleged to have entered a res­i­dence in Anna, Illi­nois while armed with a taser on July 10, 2013.  All four were arrest­ed by Anna Police Offi­cer, Cob­den Police Offi­cers, Jones­boro Police Offi­cer and Union Coun­ty Sher­iff Deputies near the Anna res­i­dence.  Sam­ple, Jones, Young and Bernachi appeared in court today for their First Appear­ance.  A Pre­lim­i­nary Hear­ing is set for August 6, 2013 for all four defen­dants.  They are cur­rent­ly being held in the Jack­son Coun­ty Jail, Mur­phys­boro, 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.