Shawneetown man faces federal charges after police find gun in car at Marion VA

By Carly O'Keefe - bio | email

MARION, IL (KFVS) - A 29-year-old Shawneetown man faces federal weapons charges for allegedly bringing a handgun onto Marion Veterans Affairs Hospital grounds Friday.
According to a press release from United States Attorney Courtney Cox, Mark N. Harmon made threats to Marion V.A. employees and was later arrested when police found a loaded handgun and extra ammunition in his car.
Mark Harmon was also allegedly involved in a weapons incident in Shawneetown back in June 2007.  Members of the Illinois State Police Tactical Response Team responded to a situation in which Harmon allegedly held his parents at gun point inside their home. That turned into a several hour standoff and ended with Harmon facing charges of aggravated assault, unlawful use of a weapon and disorderly conduct.  Those charges were later dismissed in exchange for a plea deal in a criminal damage to property case in which Harmon was sentenced to two years court supervision.
A later 2008 felony criminal damage property case was also dismissed. In that case, Harman's ex wife, who was also the victim in the case, signed an affidavit requesting the charges be dropped and refused to testify against Harmon.  It's unclear if similar circumstances lead to the charges from that 2007 standoff being dismissed; but prosecutors say if the victim in a case is unwilling to testify it makes it very difficult to prosecute.
Harmon appears in Federal District court Thursday at 2:30 in Benton, Illinois on the most recent weapons charges.

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