29, Oct 2014 - Murphysboro resident charged with crack cocaine and firearm offenses
Martell L. Brown-Wright, also known as "Low Key," 28 of Murphysboro, appeared in federal court in Benton on Oct. 28 for an Oct. 7 indictment on charges of possession and distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a public housing facility and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, according to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois ...
28, Oct 2014 - Marion Prison Inmate Charged with Assaulting Correctional Officer
BENTON, Ill. (AP) - A Maryland man serving a 60-year federal prison sentence has pleaded not guilty to charges he assaulted a correctional officer in Illinois.
12, Oct 2014 - Benton, IL Southern Illinois man convicted of burning girlfriend
BENTON, Ill. (AP) – A southern Illinois judge on Tuesday convicted a West Frankfort man of setting his girlfriend on fire. Christopher Rollins, 30, was accused of dousing Tessa Leech with cleaning solvent and setting her ablaze after Rollins said she was being unfaithful. Leech survived but sustained burns over much of her body. “God […]
08, Oct 2014 - Benton, IL Watts appears in court: Trial date set for Jan. 12
BENTON -- A man accused of fatally stabbing two Southern Illinois bank workers and critically wounding a third during a botched robbery appeared in court on Wednesday.
16, Sep 2014 - Cancer patient avoids prison for growing marijuana - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News,
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A dying Iowa man who grew marijuana to treat terminal cancer was sentenced to probation Tuesday, avoiding prison even as he defended his decision to violate the law.
04, Apr 2014 - Marion, IL Southern Illinois man sentenced for bank fraud
BENTON, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois man has been ordered to spend two months in federal prison for defrauding a bank of $80,000. Thirty-nine-year-old Mark Troehler of Herrin also was sentenced Thursday to two months of post-prison home confinement and three years of supervised release. Troehler ...
01, Apr 2014 - Lawyer: Dad doesn't deny tossing toddler in creek - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri Ne
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) - The lawyer for a man charged with killing his 2-year-old daughter by tossing her into a creek while still strapped into her car seat said Wednesday the real question for the jury is not whether he did it but whether he was thinking clearly that night.
01, Apr 2014 - Benton, IL Trial reset for woman accused in daughter's death
BENTON, Ill. (AP) — The trial of a southern Illinois woman accused of drowning her 8-year-old daughter has been postponed.