News from the Courthouse
Cases in Mercer County Court that took place between July 24-31, 2020:
Joshua Session, 35, of New Boston, was sentenced in Mercer County Court July 24, 2020 to 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, two years of mandatory supervised release and $75 fine plus court costs. The court found him guilty at a bench trial on Oct. 30, 2019 based on testimony about a Keithsburg area residential burglary (class 1 felony) complaint filed with the court on a Jan. 29, 2018. His first court appearance was on April 30, 2018.
Timothy McMeekan, 34, of Matherville, had a first appearance in Mercer County Court July 27, 2020 on a class 2 felony charge of forge registration, etc. and class 4 felony charge of hate crime. He told the court he would hire an attorney. An attorney status will be held on Aug. 10 at 9:30 a.m.
Andrea Lundeen, 50, of Oquawka, was found guilty July 27, 2020 of driving under the influence (Class A misdemeanor) in Mercer County Court and sentenced in a negotiated disposition to 12 months of court supervision, $900 fine plus court costs, $750 DUI equipment fee, $300 Mercer County Crimestoppers fee, $200 DARE fee and she was ordered to attend a Victim Impact Panel. An alcohol evaluation and any recommended treatment was also ordered, as well as admonition to not possess/consume alcohol and be subject to random testing. A statutory summary suspension (driver’s license revocation) was rescinded and two traffic tickets (one for drive/operate non highway vehicle and the other for transport/carry alcohol) were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
Christoper Yowger, 22, of Aledo appeared in Mercer County Court video custody on July 27, 2020 on a rural Aledo burglary charge from April 6, 2020. He also is facing a petition to revoke probation from a previous burglary conviction. A public defender was appointed, with preliminary hearing set for Aug. 10 at 10:15 a.m. Bond was set at $50,000.
Joshua Wilson, 35, of Viola appeared in custody in Mercer County Court on July 27. He pleaded guilty to two charges in a negotiated plea agreement: 1) Felon fails to return from furlough (Class 3 felony) with sentence for two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and 2) burglary (Class 2 felony) with sentence for six years in the DOC. A $100 fine plus court costs was assessed for each infraction. The sentences are to be served consecutively, because Wilson was on probation at the time of the burglaries. Wilson received credit for time served on the convictions of 187 days on the escape charge and 167 days on the burglary charge. The burglary charge stemmed from incidents that occurred between Oct. 12 2019 and Feb. 10, 2020, with the defendant entering buildings in Mercer County owned by Mark Anderson.
Quenton Huston, 28, of Joy, appeared in custody before two separate judges on July 27, first pleading not guilty before Judge Peter Church (prior to lunch break) to a Class 1 felony charge of methamphetamine delivery (5 - 15 grams). After return from lunch, Huston appeared before Judge Norma Kauzlarich and pleaded guilty to a reduced Class 3 felony charge of possession of methamphetamine (5 grams). The charges stemmed from a search warrant of his home on June 19, 2020 where a white powdery substance was found at the residence that tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine. In the negotiated plea agreement Huston was sentenced to 24 months Section 70 First offender probation, $75 fine plus court costs, $100 Illinois State police lab fee, $100 street value fine, $25 per month probation fee and 180 days in Mercer County Jail with credit for 40 actual days served. The balance of jail time is stayed pending strict compliance with all sentencing. The defendant was also ordered to provide 30 hours of public service work. Dismissed was a Class 4 felony charge of producing 5-20 cannabis plants.