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July 9, 2014

Prison sentences issued

MT. VERNON — According to information from the office of Jefferson County State’s Attorney Doug Hoffman, nine individuals were recently sentenced to prison as a result of pleading guilty to various offenses.

Those receiving prison sentences include:

n Brenda L. Anderson, 58, Mt. Vernon, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony, and was sentenced to one year in prison, followed by one year of mandatory supervised release. On Sept. 13, 2013, detectives of the Joint Narcotics Division made contact with Anderson and found her to be in possession of a quantity of crack cocaine.

n Virgil L. Higginson, 60, Mt. Vernon, pleaded guilty to unlawful failure to register as a sex offender, a Class 2 felony. He was sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, followed by three years of mandatory supervised release. Higginson was sentenced as a Class X offender based upon his past criminal history. In May, Higginson failed to register with the Mt. Vernon Police Department within three days of establishing a residence in Mt. Vernon.

n Theodore R. Jefferson, 24, Mt. Vernon, pleaded guilty to unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park, a Class 1 felony. He was sentenced to six years in prison, followed by two years of mandatory supervised release. The court recommended that Jefferson participate in the DOC Impact Incarceration Program. On May 29, 2013, Jefferson sold a quantity of a substance containing cocaine to a confidential source working with the Mt. Vernon Police/Jefferson County Sheriff Joint Narcotics Division. The delivery occurred within 1,000 feet of Mt. Vernon Veterans Park.

n Earl L. Jones, 44, Mt. Vernon, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, a Class 3 felony. He was sentenced to two years in prison, followed by one year of parole. On Nov. 14, 2012, Jones, a convicted felon, was stopped by MVPD and was found to be in possession of a switchblade knife.

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