Mt. Vernon Register-News

February 9, 2013

Former RLC president pleads guilty

Staff Report

BENTON - — Former Rend Lake College president Mark Kern has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest and three felony charges related to an incident nearly three years ago have been dismissed, according to an online court database.

Kern was arrested in April 2010 after an altercation with a federal process server and Franklin County deputies at his home in Ewing.

Kern, who retired as the president of RLC in 2008, was arrested after Franklin County authorities received a call from the female process server who had went to the Kern home to serve a federal subpoena on Kern's wife, Pat. The server allegedly found Mark Kern, who had a shotgun, and when Kern told her to leave, nudged her with the gun. The process server told deputies she got into her vehicle and Kern pointed the gun at her tire, but it didn't go off. He allegedly fired a shot into the air as she was backing out of the driveway.

Deputies also reported when the went to the Kern residence in response to the server's report, Kern opened the door while carrying a handgun, which he refused to put down. Pat Kern took the gun away from her husband, placed it on the floor, and deputies located a shotgun near the door as well.

Kern pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest and was sentenced to 24 months' probation, and given credit for time served. He also was ordered to pay court-ordered fines of $2,883.75. A Class 1 felony charge of aggravated discharge of a firearm and a Class 4 felony charge of aggravated assault/discharge of a firearm were dismissed, according to court records.