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Jeffrey M. West of Mattoon was sentenced Monday to 45 years in federal prison for offenses related to sexual exploitation of children.
“Those who choose to sexually abuse children will be caught, prosecuted, and severely punished,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Douglas J. Quivey. “I commend the diligent investigators of the Mattoon Police Department, working in conjunction with the FBI, for making our community safer.”
The sentence comes after a
federal jury found West, 53, guilty in April of two counts of sexual exploitation of minors, two counts of commission of the offense by a registered sex offender, two counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.
Law enforcement established during an April trial that they became aware of West after a minor disclosed that West had sexually abused him in 2019, said a statement released by the U.S. Department of Justice State’s Attorney’s Office of Central Illinois.
Investigators also found that West used Omegle, a video-chatting website, to “entice and coerce” minor males to engage in sexually explicit conduct. West also captured these individuals in his collection of child pornography, said the statement. Those minors were not identified.
The federal indictment was returned against West in September 2019, when he was already
facing charges in Coles County Circuit Court in connection with the child pornography and the reported sexual abuse of the boy.
West had previously been convicted in Coles County for aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a 10-year-old minor female and a 4-year-old minor male.
West will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release and will be on supervised release for fifteen years.
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Emmanuel White, 18, is charged in Moultrie County with two counts of armed violence, possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful possession of a stolen/converted motor vehicle, possession of methamphetamine and defacing identification marks on a firearm.
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Cody D. Cordes, 28, of Mattoon was sentenced to 11 years in prison after he admitted soliciting another man to help him kill two men over what Cordes says was a drug deal that went bad.
Garrett J. Howlett, 30, of Charleston was arrested after the investigation that began with a woman’s report that he hit her with a large speaker and choked her, a news release from Charleston police said.
Evans, Chance J.
The Shelby County State's Attorney's Office has charged Chance J. Evans, 21, of Stewardson with attempted murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon for the incident that police said occurred on April 12 on a county road northwest of Stewardson.
Swindell, Jenae N.
The Shelby County State's Attorney's Office has charged Jenae N. Swindell, 18, of Stewardson with attempted murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon for the incident that police said occurred on April 12 on a county road northwest of Stewardson.
Garza, Maria N.
Maria N. Garza was charged with criminal damage to property, criminal trespass to land, and disorderly conduct.
Howlett, Michael R., Jr.
Michael R. Howlett, Jr. was charged with criminal sexual assault for engaging in sex acts with a minor, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance in a penal institution, and threatening the life of a police officer after being arrested.
Jimmy S. Derixson, 42, of Mattoon was also arrested for failing to register as a sex offender
Conrad, Aaron M.
Aaron M. Conrad, 32, was arrested on preliminary charges of domestic battery, interfering with the reporting of domestic violence, unlawful restraint, and resisting/obstructing a police officer.
Hall, Quentin O.
Hall was arrested and placed in the Coles County jail. The state's attorney's office has charged him with manufacturing "ecstasy" pills.
Hamilton, Anthony K.
Hamilton has been charged with possession of methamphetamine and meth manufacturing materials.
Floyd, Benjamin J.
The Coles County State's Attorney's Office charged Floyd with home invasion with a dangerous weapon, home invasion that caused injury, aggravated battery with a victim older than 60, and violation of bail bond.
Ted A. Morecraft, 48, whose address on record is in Mattoon, pleaded guilty to a burglary charge that accused him of breaking into and stealing from the building in southwest Coles County on Aug. 28.
Brenton P. Gossard, 35, whose address on record is in Windsor, pleaded guilty to a charge in relation to his reportedly sharing nude photos of a woman on social media without her consent.
Sean A.O. Watson, 26, for whom records show a Mattoon address, pleaded guilty to a charge of violation of the violent offenders against youth registration act.
Stephens, Larry K.
Larry K. Stephens, 50, was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine and resisting a police officer, and for an active Coles County probation violation warrant on a 2018 meth possession charge.
Coles Court court records show Chandra Olalde was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance.
Brandon A. Larsen, 30, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver that resulted from the discovery of the drugs on Aug. 31, 2017.
McCray-Kyse, Rodge J.
Harley V. Runner, 28, for whom court records list a Mattoon address, entered the pleaded guilty to a charge that accused him of grabbing a woman by her neck on Jan. 15.
Dustin S. Brady, 29, of Mattoon was charged with meth possession and firearm possession by a felon.
Seth A. Ryan, 19, was charged with sexual abuse and is also accused of communicating with a minor and other bond violations, according to a news release from Charleston police.
Jemal M. Hancock, 27, was arrested after the incident in the 900 block of Fourth Street and Coles County court records show that Hancock has been charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm in connection with the incident and is scheduled for a court appearance on Jan. 13.
Kinsel was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery in connection with the incident in the 2200 block of Prairie Avenue. Court records show Kinsel has been charged with a felony domestic battery offense and has a court hearing scheduled for Jan. 13.
George A. Reid, 28, of Chicago was arrested on in connection with the incident at the residence in the 1800 block of South Ninth Street and has been charged with home invasion and other offenses, according to a news release from Mattoon police.
Bailey R. Hutchinson, 18, whose address on record is in Mattoon, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of a stolen firearm. With the agreement in his case, he was placed on probation for two years.
Maliq A. Scott, 20, of Charleston was charged in connection with the death of Paul T. Frailey, a 25-year-old Mattoon man who
died at his residence on March 4.
McGrew III, Keith
Keith McGrew III has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the May 17 shooting death in Mattoon of 29-year-old Mark Currie.
Givins, Stephanie E.
Stephanie E. Givins was sentenced to four years in prison for her conviction for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a charge to which she
pleaded guilty in August.
Monica Gray was sentenced to prison for having methamphetamine in Mattoon.
Courtney Ray received a prison sentence for stealing merchandise from the Mattoon Walmart.
George Dyson, 75, arrested on Sept. 19 for possession of cocaine with intent to deliver
Dakota Allen Jr., 24, of Charleston charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver 25-100g and resisting/obstructing an peace officer
Antonio Norman, 22, charged with aggravated assault/great bodily harm, a Class 3 Felony, on Oct. 20