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Plea entered in weapons charge, Williamson County

Posted by on Friday, April 20th, 2018 @ 1:29 pm.

Thomas Schaefer

WILLIAMSON CO., Ill. - Williamson County State's Attorney Brandon Zanotti has announced sentencing of a young man arrested earlier this year.

Zanotti announced that on April 20, 2018, Thomas Schaefer, 26, of Marion pled guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, a class 2 felony, and was sentenced to eight years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

On January 17, 2018, Marion police received a tip that Schaefer was present at the Gray Plaza Motel in Marion. Police responded due to Schafer having an active “failure to appear” warrant. Once on the scene, Schafer was apprehended. During a search of his person, a handgun was discovered. Due to previous felony convictions, Schaefer is not allowed to own or be in possession of weapons. 

In addition to the eight years in DOC, Schaefer also pled guilty to a 2016 forgery case to four years in DOC. Those sentences will be served concurrently. In addition, Schaefer will be under mandatory supervised release for two years following his release.

The investigation was handled by the Marion Police Department. Assistant State’s Attorneys Sean DeMello and Becky Ray led the prosecutions on these cases.

“Our office is continuing to put felons in possession of guns behind bars," said Zanotti. "I commend the Marion Police Department and Assistant State’s Attorneys DeMello and Ray for working together to get a dangerous criminal off our streets. We have a long way to go, but any illegal gun activity will not be tolerated.”

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