Jury selection to begin for Jefferson County firearms trial of Mt. Vernon man

JEFFERSON COUNTY — Jury selection is set to begin Tuesday in the Jefferson County trial of a 20-year-old Mt. Vernon man facing multiple gun-related felonies he received following a brief pursuit earlier this year with Mt. Vernon police.

Jamaro Kemmerling
(Source: IDOC)

Kemmerling is charged with two Class X felonies Jamaro Kemmerling was arrested in February following a brief police pursuit on the south-side of town where he reportedly got his vehicle stuck in a yard. He then allegedly fled on foot a short distance before officers surrounded him and successfully took him in to custody.

Kemmerling was reportedly wanted on an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant when officers attempted the traffic stop.

A search of his vehicle reportedly revealed a firearm, which combined with his criminal history led to Class X charges for armed violence, as well as Class 2 felony charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm with a prior conviction and possession of a converted firearm.

The alleged pursuit with police resulted in two Class 4 felony charges for aggravated fleeing police.

The trial is scheduled to last three days.