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Carmi Woman Sentenced to IDOC on Meth and Aggravated Battery Charge

CARMI – A Carmi woman was sentenced in White County Court Monday to state prison on a meth charge and for aggravated battery.

White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud says 39-year-old Kendra L. O’Brien will spend five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and serve one year of mandatory supervised release for Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine – a Class 1 felony – and three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for Aggravated Battery – a Class 3 felony. Both sentences will run consecutive to one another so that O’Brien will have to serve all of the sentence on the aggravated battery charge before she begins serving the sentence on the methamphetamine delivery charge.

Aud says due to the Criminal Justice Reform legislation passed earlier this year by the Illinois General Assembly and signed into law by the governor, there is no longer a period of mandatory supervised release (“parole”) for the Class 3 aggravated battery offense while the mandatory supervised release period for the Class 1 methamphetamine delivery offense was reduced to one year.

O’Brien was arrested by the Carmi Police Department in the aggravated battery case in September 2019. She was arrested following an investigation by the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force from October 2019. She pled guilty to both cases in January 2020 with the sentencing hearing ultimately concluding Monday afternoon.