CHARLESTON -- A man arrested for firing gunshots at a Charleston mobile home park was sentenced to prison when he admitted to firing the gun and that he had it illegally.

Wendal Lamar Spiller, 43, of Charleston, pleaded guilty to charges of reckless discharge of a firearm and possession of a weapon by a felon.

With the agreement reached in his case, Spiller received a two-year prison term to cover both offenses, which was the minimum sentence possible for the firearms possession charge.

Case records indicate that Spiller was arrested on Feb. 23 for reportedly firing a gun from a vehicle in the mobile home park at 530 Reynolds Drive in Charleston.

He was charged offenses that accused him of endangering the safety of others and having the gun when he criminal record meant he couldn't legally possess it.

A prison sentence of two to 10 years was required for the firearm possession charge. The reckless discharge offense had a possible prison sentence range of one to four years but also could have resulted in probation.

Coles County Circuit Judge James Glenn sentenced Spiller by accepting the terms of a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Jenifer Schiavone and defense attorney Todd Reardon Jr. recommended.

In other cases in court recently, Glenn also accepted guilty pleas from:

  • Rodney W. Parrott, 46, of Mattoon, to a domestic battery charge alleging he pushed a woman to the ground and pulled her by her hair on Jan. 11.

The charge was a felony because Parrott has a prior conviction for the offense and he was sentenced to the maximum term of probation, 2 1/2 years.

Terms of the sentence included evaluations for treatment with specific domestic violence counseling.

He was also ordered to have no contact with the woman while jail time was stayed, meaning he won't have to serve it if he follows his sentence's requirements.

Glenn accepted a plea agreement that Schiavone and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.

  • Mario M. Spruiell, 23, of Chicago, to a forgery charge accusing him of using counterfeit $100 bills at Mattoon businesses on March 12.

Spruiell's sentence was two years of second chance probation, which can result in no record of a conviction if completed successfully.

State's Attorney Jess Danley and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.

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A co-defedant, Malcolm A. Spuriell, 19, of Chicago also was sentenced to two years of second chance probation when he pleaded guilty last month. The case is still pending against a third suspect, William S. Spuriell, 22, also of Chicago.

  • Amanda R. Smith, 43, of Charleston, to a methamphetamine possession charge accusing her of having the drug on April 25.

Smith was sentenced to two years of probation with terms including a substance abuse treatment evaluation. Jail time was stayed.

Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf and Reardon accepted the plea agreement.

  • William W. Easter, 49, of Mattoon, to a methamphetamine possession charge alleging he had the drug on Feb. 13.

With the agreement reached, Easter received the maximum probation sentence possible, 2 1/2 years, for the conviction that could have resulted in a two- to 10-year prison term.

He was eligible for twice the usual maximum prison sentence for the offense because of an earlier methamphetamine possession conviction.

Terms of Easter's sentence included a treatment evaluation and stayed jail time, which he won't have to serve if there are no violations.

Wolf and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.

  • Keon D. Cooper, 27, of Chicago and formerly of Mattoon, to a charge of failure to register as a sex offender.

Cooper was placed on probation for two years and prosecutors agreed not to seek revocation of his probation for a 2017 Coles County sexual abuse conviction.

Case records indicate that Cooper was homeless in Mattoon at the time and admitted to police he also hadn't register when he lived in Chicago.

Assistant State's Attorney Tom Bucher and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.

  • Jamario D. Brown, 22, of Park Forest, to a delivery of cannabis charge alleging he sold marijuana in Charleston on Dec. 6.

The amount of marijuana listed in the charge was reduced so Brown was eligible for first offender probation, which can lead to no record of a conviction. His probation terms was two years.

Wolf and Assistant Public Defender Stephanie Corum recommended the plea agreement.

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Contact Dave Fopay at (217) 238-6858. Follow him on Twitter: @FopayDave



Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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