Murphysboro man pleads guilty to felon with a weapon charge

Published: Nov. 17, 2015 at 8:11 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 17, 2015 at 9:59 PM CST
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MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) - Jackson County State's Attorney Michael C. Carr announced that Keith Butcher, 40, of Murphysboro has pleaded guilty to aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

On September 13, the Murphysboro Police Department responded to the 700 block of North 7th Street in Murphysboro to a report of an individual refusing to leave a house.

It was reported the individual was in possession of a knife.

When officers arrived they found Butcher sitting on the front steps of the home.

They approached Butcher and asked him if he needed a ride.

The officers then began to conduct a weapons check, at which time Butcher handed them a "switchblade" knife.

Officers then discovered that Butcher has three prior felony convictions in the state of Illinois.

On September 13, Butcher was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, which is a Class 3 felony.

On Monday, Nov. 16, he pleaded guilty to the charge.

Butcher will serve two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with one year of mandatory supervised release.

He is not eligible for probation.

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