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Four Plead Guilty to Delivery of Meth, Three Sentenced for Aggravated Battery in Franklin County

BENTON – The following information was released by Franklin County State’s Attorney Abby Dinn on Friday, Oct. 1. 2021.

Four people recently entered guilty pleas in Franklin County to the delivery of methamphetamine to confidential sources of the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force.

According to Franklin County State’s Attorney Abby Dinn, the four were 41-year-old Ryan Murphy of West Frankfort, 33-year-old Jared Ray of Belle Rive, 37-year-old Shane Webster of Zeigler and 42-year-old Brandy Wilkerson of Christopher.

Dinn says the cases were investigated by the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force which is comprised of specially trained agents from the Illinois State Police and officers of the Christopher Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, West Frankfort Police Department, and Zeigler Police Department. All four cases are set for sentencing at a later date.


A West Frankfort man was recently sentenced in Franklin County for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

According to Franklin County State’s Attorney Abby Dinn, on April 17, 2020, 51-year-old Roy Berkely cut Duane Denisuk, Jr. in the arm with a knife during a fight at their home in West Frankfort.

Berkely was charged with the Class 3 Felony offense of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Berkley pleaded guilty on Thursday and was sentenced to two years in state prison followed by one year of mandatory supervised release.

The case was investigated by the West Frankfort Police Department and prosecuted by State’s Attorney Abby Dinn.


A West Frankfort man was recently sentenced in Franklin County for aggravated battery to a peace officer.

According to Franklin County State’s Attorney Abby Dinn, during a routine traffic stop on Feb. 26 of this year, 36-year-old Nathan Clendenin kicked West Frankfort Police Officer Mike Williams in the head and hands while wearing boots after Clendenin’s passenger was found to have an active Perry County warrant. Clendenin tried to keep officers from arresting his passenger, and Officer Williams was injured during the fight.

Clendenin was charged with the Class 2 Felony offense of aggravated battery to a peace officer. On May 27 of this year, Clendenin pleaded guilty. He was sentenced Wednesday to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years mandatory supervised release. The case was investigated by the West Frankfort Police Department and prosecuted by ASA Kate Renik.


A West Frankfort man was recently sentenced in Franklin County for aggravated battery/great bodily harm stemming from an incident in May of this year in West Frankfort.

According to Franklin County State’s Attorney Abby Dinn, on May 22, Brian Carle stabbed two men with a knife and gouged one man in the eyes until his eyes bled. This took place in a parking lot located in the 200 block of East Oak Street.

Carle was charged with three counts of the Class 3 Felony offense of aggravated battery/great bodily harm. Carle pleaded guilty to two counts Thursday and was sentenced to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by one year of mandatory supervised release.

The case was investigated by the West Frankfort Police Department and prosecuted by State’s Attorney Abby Dinn.