Sentenced For Retail Theft

According to John Hudspeth, State’s Attorney for Clinton County, Walter H. Williams, age 29, of Odin, has been sentenced to 5 and 1/2 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections in Clinton County Circuit Court for violating his probation in a 2016 Retail Theft case. Williams was convicted in November of 2016 of stealing various tools and components from the Centralia Buchheit store and was placed on probation in November. However, on May 17, 2017, Hudspeth filed a petition to revoke that probation because Williams had been subsequently arrested by the Centralia Police Department. On April 12, 2017, Williams only admitted violating his probation by committing the offense of Driving While License Revoked. However, according to State’s Attorney Hudspeth, he presented proof at the June 28, 2017, sentencing hearing that Williams possessed methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia at the time of his probation violation and traffic arrest.

Hudspeth added that “Although Mr. Williams is not very old, he has a criminal record which includes convictions for theft, burglary and forgery. That’s in addition to the fact that he had not paid one dime of the fines, restitution and court costs originally required as part of his probation sentence. He earned every day of the prison sentence which he received. He still has to pay the fine, restitution and court costs after he gets out of prison.”

Hudspeth thanked the Centralia Police Department and the Illinois State Police Crime Lab in Fairview Heights for their work in the case.

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