Mt. Vernon man gets 30+ years for area armed robberies

BENTON — A 26-year-old Mount Vernon man was sentenced on Tuesday, to more than 30 years in federal prison on robbery and gun related charges, according to James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

David D. Weatherall was sentenced to just over 32 years in prison, three years’ supervised release following his imprisonment, and ordered to pay $1,837 in restitution.

David Weatherall (Source: JCSO)
David Weatherall
(Source: JCSO)

Weatherall had previously pleaded guilty to four counts in a federal indictment.

Count 1 charged that on December 8, 2014, in Jefferson County, while aiding and abetting another person, Weatherall did unlawfully obstruct, delay and affect, and attempt to obstruct, delay and affect, commerce by robbery, in that Weatherall and another person did unlawfully take and obtain personal property consisting of United States Currency and cigarettes, belonging to Huck’s Convenient Food Store, located at 540 Fairfield Road, in Mount Vernon, by means of actual and threatened force, violence and fear of injury, and by brandishing a firearm.

Count 2 charges that on December 8, 2014, in Jefferson County, Weatherall did knowingly aid and abet another person, who did knowingly brandish a firearm, during and in relation to a crime of violence as charged in Count 1.

Count 3 charges that on December 9, 2014, in Marion County, Weatherall did unlawfully obstruct, delay and affect, and attempt to obstruct, delay and affect, commerce by robbery, in that Weatherall did unlawfully take and obtain personal property consisting of United States Currency and Hennessy Liquor, belonging to Biggies Cafe and General Store, located at 3858 State Route 161 in Centralia, by means of actual and threatened force, violence and fear of injury, and by brandishing a firearm.

Count 4 charged that on December 9, 2014, in Marion County, Weatherall did knowingly brandish a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence as charged in Count 3.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Mt. Vernon Police Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and the Centralia Police Department.

The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.