A dozen people in Jefferson County sentenced to prison on drug charges

JEFFERSON COUNTY — According to Jefferson County State’s Attorney Douglas Hoffman, twelve individuals were recently sentenced to prison in Jefferson County Circuit Court for various offenses:

Harry J. Mulkey, 36 of Mt. Vernon, pleaded guilty to Unlawful Participation in Methamphetamine Production, a class one felony, and was sentenced to eight years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, followed by two years of mandatory supervised release.

On March 22, 2013, detectives with the Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Joint Narcotics Division responded to Mulkey’s residence in Mt. Vernon to investigate a report of meth being produced. A meth lab was located inside the residence during a search.

Anthony Shepherd, 30 of Mt. Vernon, pleaded guilty to Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, a class two felony, and was sentenced to five years in prison, followed by two years of parole.

Shepherd also pleaded guilty in a separate case to Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine Manufacturing Materials, a class two felony, and was sentenced to three years in prison, followed by two years of parole. Both sentences will run concurrently.

On October 21, 2014, Shepherd sold a quantity of methamphetamine to a confidential source working with the Joint Narcotics Division. Then on October 24, 2014, Shepherd was found to be in possession of a backpack containing various items used to produce meth during contact made by Mt. Vernon
police on the street.

Crystal M. Powell, 31 of Mt. Vernon, pleaded guilty to Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, a class two felony, and was sentenced to four years in prison, followed by two years of mandatory supervised release. On September 3, 2014, Powell sold a quantity of methamphetamine to a confidential source working with the Joint Narcotics Division.

Gregory W. Coomes, 40 of Mt. Vernon, pleaded guilty to two meth-related offenses for a total prison term of seven years. Coomes pleaded guilty to Unlawful Participation in Methamphetamine Production, a class one felony, and was sentenced to four years in prison, followed by two years of parole.

He also pleaded guilty to Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine Precursor, a class two felony, and was sentenced to three years in prison, followed by two years of parole. Both sentences will run consecutively. On August 29, 2012, Coomes was found by detectives of the Joint Narcotics Division to be in possession of pseudoephedrine pills at his residence, which are an precursor to meth. On September 13, 2012, a search warrant was obtained for Coomes’ residence, and police found a meth lab inside.

Jordan L. Rivera, 24 of Mt. Vernon, pleaded guilty to Unlawful Delivery of aControlled Substance, a class two felony, and was sentenced to three years in prison, followed bytwo years of parole. On January 17, 2014, Rivera sold a quantity of heroin to a confidentialsource working with the Joint Narcotics Division.

James B. Lockwood, 32 of Mt. Vernon, pleaded guilty to Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, a class three felony, and was sentenced to three and a half years in prison, followed by one year of mandatory supervised release.

Also in connection with the same incident, Christopher S. Campbell, 24 of Mt. Vernon, pleaded guilty to Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, a class three felony, and was sentenced to two and a half years in prison,followed by one year of parole.

On December 26, 2014, deputies of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a suspicious vehicle parked in rural Mt. Vernon. They later found Lockwood, Campbell, and a pregnant female nearby. Lockwood and Campbell had a quantity of methamphetamine and drug equipment in their possession.

Cynthia D. Hamilton, 56 of Mt. Vernon, pleaded guilty to Possession of Burglary Tools, a class four felony, and was sentenced to three years in prison, followed by one year of parole. On October 25, 2014, Hamilton was found by Mt. Vernon Police outside an apartment building in Mt. Vernon attempting to enter one of the units. Hamilton was found to be in possession of a screwdriver she intended to use to gain entry.

David M. Graves, 21 of Mt. Vernon, pleaded guilty to Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, a class four felony, and was sentenced to two years in prison, followed by one year of parole. On January 12, 2014, Mt. Vernon Police stopped Graves’ vehicle and determined he was driving under the influence of alcohol. Graves’ driver’s license was suspended at the time for a previous DUI violation.

Keith Harris, 44 of Mt. Vernon, admitted a petition to revoke probation and was sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, followed by one year of mandatory supervised release, for the offense of Retail Theft, a class four felony. Harris was previously placed on drug court probation, however he was terminated from the program due to various violations of his probation conditions.

Jonathan L. Reed, 23 of Mt. Vernon, admitted a petition to revoke probation and was sentenced to two years in prison, followed by one year of parole on a charge of Theft, a class three felony.

The court recommended Reed for participation in the Impact Incarceration Program, commonly known as “boot camp.” Tyrone N. Washington, 38 of Mt. Vernon, pleaded guilty to Theft, a class four felony, and was sentenced to one year in prison, followed by one year of parole.

On November 22, 2014, Washington was found by police to be in possession of a household appliance that was previously stolen from a vacant residence in Mt. Vernon.