FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 5, 2013

Grand Jury Returns Indict­ments Against Six Individuals

Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today the Union Coun­ty Grand Jury has returned indict­ments against the fol­low­ing individuals:

Alfred N. Auke­ma, II (DOB 09/15/1973) for­mer­ly of Anna, Illi­nois is charged with one (1) count of Crim­i­nal Sex­u­al Assault, a Class 1 Felony and Aggra­vat­ed Crim­i­nal Sex­u­al Abuse, a Class 2 Felony.  Auke­ma is alleged to have com­mit­ted sex­u­al acts with a minor under the age of 16 years old.  The indict­ment fol­lows an inves­ti­ga­tion by Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office.  Charges were ini­tial­ly filed by infor­ma­tion in 2011.  Auke­ma was arrest­ed in Flori­da and extra­dit­ed in June 2013 with assis­tance from the U.S. Mar­shals Ser­vice.  Auke­ma is being held at the Jack­son Coun­ty Jail on $150,000 bond.  Auke­ma is set to appear on July 9, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. for Arraign­ment at the Union Coun­ty Cour­t­house, Jones­boro, Illinois.

Roger D. Can­non, Sr. (DOB 11/19/1956) of Anna, Illi­nois is charged with two (2) counts of Domes­tic Bat­tery, both Class 4 Felonies.  Can­non is alleged to have struck a house­hold mem­ber.  Can­non was arrest­ed by Anna Police in June 2013.  Can­non is set to appear on August 13, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. for Pre-Tri­al at the Union Coun­ty Cour­t­house, Jones­boro, Illinois.

Matthew C. Lewis (DOB 05/30/1973) of Vien­na, Illi­nois is charged with one (1) count of Attempt­ed Home Inva­sion, a Class 1 Felony, one (1) count of Aggra­vat­ed Unlaw­ful Use of Weapons, a Class 4 Felony, and two (2) counts of Aggra­vat­ed Assault, both Class 4 Felonies.  Lewis is alleged to have attempt­ed to force entry into a res­i­dence in Jones­boro in May 2013 while armed with a firearm.  The Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office, Jones­boro Police and Illi­nois Con­ser­va­tion Police respond­ed to the scene and fired upon Lewis after he threat­ened offi­cers with the firearm.  Lewis is cur­rent­ly being held at the Jack­son Coun­ty Jail on $200,000 bond.  A motion for a fit­ness exam­i­na­tion was grant­ed on July 2, 2013 and Lewis is set for a Fit­ness Hear­ing on July 30, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. before Pre­sid­ing Judge Mark Boie.

Byford J. Miller (DOB 06/07/1984) of Don­go­la, Illi­nois is charged with one (1) count of Unlaw­ful Pos­ses­sion of Metham­phet­a­mine Man­u­fac­tur­ing Mate­ri­als.  Miller was arrest­ed at an Anna retail­er June 8 by Anna Police.  The Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office assist­ed with the inves­ti­ga­tion.  Miller is set to appear on July 9, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. for Arraign­ment at the Union Coun­ty, Illi­nois. 

Karen S. Nichols (DOB 06/09/1969) of rur­al Anna, Illi­nois is charged with one (1) count of Aggra­vat­ed Kid­nap­ping, a Class X Felony, one (1) count of Armed Rob­bery, a Class X Felony, and one (1) count of Aggra­vat­ed Unlaw­ful Restraint, a Class 3 Felony.  Nichols is alleged to have kid­napped a new­born child from a loca­tion in rur­al Union Coun­ty dur­ing the evening of June 28, 2013.  Nichols was arrest­ed that evening and is cur­rent­ly being held in the Jack­son Coun­ty Jail in Mur­phys­boro on $500,000 bond.  Inves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues by the Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office and Illi­nois State Police.  Nichols is set to appear on July 30, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. for Arraign­ment at the Union Coun­ty Cour­t­house, Jones­boro, Illinois.

William Tri­bout (DOB 03/04/1962) of Anna, Illi­nois is charged with one (1) count of Unlaw­ful Pos­ses­sion of Weapons by Felons, a Class 3 Felony.  Tri­bout was arrest­ed on May 10, 2013 at his res­i­dence by Anna Police.  Tri­bout is set to appear on August 6, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. for Pre-Tri­al at the Union Coun­ty Cour­t­house, Jones­boro, 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.