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DECATUR — An armed Decatur man, who resisted arrest after he was caught with a backpack loaded with illegal drugs, was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday.
Randall D. Roberson Jr., 24, had taken a plea deal negotiated by defense attorney Monroe McWard that saw him admit one offense of armed violence, a Class X felony.
Macon County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Geisler then agreed to dismiss a second armed violence charge. The judge also dismissed charges of the aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, resisting police, three counts of drug possession and a charge of dealing in cannabis.
A sworn affidavit about the case said all the charges date to Dec. 17, 2020, when Roberson was pulled over by State Trooper Stephen Feurer for a traffic infraction in Decatur. The trooper said she could smell the odor of burnt cannabis and could see packets of the drug inside the backpack, which Roberson held onto as he climbed out of the car.
The trooper had described him as refusing to put his hands behind his back and making several attempts to flee on foot before the two of them got into a struggle that ended with Roberson handcuffed on the ground.
“During the resistance I received several actively bleeding lacerations to both of my hands due to Roberson’s actions,” Feurer said.
Feurer said a later search of the backpack revealed a 9mm handgun with an extended 30 round magazine and another loaded magazine. The trooper also seized 57 ecstasy pills and four 12 ounce jars and three loose bags of cannabis holding a total of 100 grams (3 ½ ounces) of the drug.
After passing sentence, Geisler agreed to add a recommendation that Roberson receive substance abuse treatment while in prison.
Joseph A. Williams faces preliminary charges of aggravated resisting a peace officer, obstruction of justice, possession of machine gun and weapon by a felon, aggravated discharge of a weapon and unlawful use of weapon, and attempted murder of a peace officer in connection with the shooting of a Decatur police officer on Jan. 8, 2022. READ MORE
William A. Hosea faces preliminary charges of reckless discharge of a firearm and endangering the life of a child in connection with the Jan. 6 shooting of a 3-year-old child. READ MORE
Randolph Hayes is pleading not guilty to a charge of burglary. Prosecutors allege he stole a landline phone and then tried to sell it back to the victim. He was on parole at the time after having been convicted of an earlier burglary offense.
Byron D. Theus Jr. is pleading not guilty to multiple counts of home invasion, armed robbery and aggravated kidnapping in connection with a home invasion the night of Nov. 20, 2018. READ MORE
Jetrevius O. Jarrett has been arrested on first-degree murder charges in connection with the fatal Christmas Eve shooting of Efrem O. Jones. READ MORE
Phillip J. Gehrken, 52, of Forsyth has pleaded not guilty to three alternate counts of first degree murder stemming from the July 11 fatal shooting of 51-year-old victim Kevin Cooper. READ THE STORY HERE.
Emmanuel White, 18, is charged in Moultrie County with two counts of armed violence, possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful possession of a stolen/converted motor vehicle, possession of methamphetamine and defacing identification marks on a firearm. READ THE STORY
Defendant was sentenced to 36 months probation in November after pleading guilty to possession of a stolen firearm in a plea deal that saw all other charges dismissed. He was also sentenced to 149 days in jail with credit for 149 days already served.
Aaron L. Hand, 33, was sentenced to 14 years in prison Jan. 20 after pleading guilty to a charge of committing aggravated kidnapping while armed with a knife. The case dates to Jan. 13, 2021, when Hand, a registered sex predator, tried to abduct a female customer of the Macon gas station where he was then working.
Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid
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