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Mt. Vernon Man Sentenced to Prison Monday for Unlawful Restraint and Criminal Damage to State-supported Property

MT. VERNON – A 31-year-old Mt. Vernon man was sentenced Monday in Jefferson County Court to one year in prison after he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge stemming from a stabbing incident last summer.

Theodore Jefferson was facing charges of Class X felony armed violence, Class 2 felonies for being a felon in possession of a firearm, and aggravated domestic battery, along with Class 3 aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

On Monday the Class X charge was reduced to Class 4 felony reckless conduct and the other three charges were dismissed in exchange for Jefferson’s guilty plea.

He was sentenced to one year in the Illinois Department of Corrections to be served consecutively to a six-year sentence handed down in a separate case where a Jefferson County jury found him guilty in a separate case of unlawful restraint.

The 2019 case charged Jefferson with Class 1 felony sexual assault by force, Class 4 felony unlawful restraint and Class 4 criminal damage to state-supported property.

The jury found him guilty in that case of unlawful restraint and criminal damage to state-supported property but not guilty of sexual assault.

He was later sentenced to five years on the unlawful restraint charge and one year on the criminal damage charge to be served consecutively.