Mt. Vernon Register-News

September 24, 2013

Seven receive prison sentences

Staff Report
The Register-News

---- — MT. VERNON — Seven Jefferson County residents, including six from Mt. Vernon, have received prison sentences.

According to State’s Attorney Doug Hoffman, the following people have been sentenced as a result of pleading guilty to various offenses:

• Marventi D. Palmer, 27, Mt. Vernon, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, a Class 1 felony. He was sentenced to 20 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, followed by two years of mandatory supervised release. On March 7, 2008, Mt. Vernon Police conducted a traffic stop on Palmer’s vehicle and during a subsequent search found multiple packages of cocaine. Palmer was eligible for an extended term sentence due to prior felony convictions.

• Molly A. Ledbetter, 21, Mt. Vernon, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated battery, Class 2 felonies, and was sentenced to six years in prison followed by two years of parole. On Oct. 27, 2012, and June 9, 2013, Ledbetter made physical contact with officers of the MVPD. Ledbetter had previously been sentenced to probation on a similar offense.

n Rhiannon M. Cates, 31, Mt. Vernon, pleaded guilty to unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park, a Class 1 felony, and was sentenced to four years in prison followed by two years of parole. On March 14, Cates sold a quantity of methamphetamine to a confidential source of the MVPD within 1,000 feet of Veterans Park.

n Frank J. Szarek III, 25, Waltonville, was sentenced to three years to DOC followed by two years of mandatory supervised release on a charge of burglary, a Class 2 felony, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. Szarek was originally placed on probation for the burglary, which occurred in 2009, however his probation was revoked as part of this plea. On Nov. 21, 2012, Mt. Vernon Police found a quantity of prescription medication in Szarek’s possession without a valid prescription.

n Victor E. Allen, 23, Mt. Vernon, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony, and was sentenced to two years in prison, followed by one year of parole. On June 8, 2011, Allen was stopped by Mt. Vernon Police and found to be in possession of prescription medication without a valid prescription.

n Nikko D. Branch, 22, Mt. Vernon, pleaded guilty to mob action, a Class 4 felony, and was sentenced to one year in prison followed by one year of parole. On May 21, Branch, acting together with a co-defendant, battered another man on South 25th Street.

n Earl Liddell, 56, Mt. Vernon, pleaded guilty to retail theft, a Class 4 felony, and was sentenced to serve one year in prison followed by one year of parole. On Aug. 14, Liddell stole a quantity of meat from Borowiak’s IGA in Mt. Vernon. Liddell has prior convictions for theft.