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Zeigler Man Heading to Prison on Two Separate Charges

BENTON – A Zeigler man was sentenced Friday in Franklin County on two separate charges.

According to Franklin County State’s Attorney Abby Dinn, 27-year-old Aron D. Luton was sentenced to 11 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a two year period of mandatory supervised release for Attempting to Disarm a Peace Officer, a Class 2 felony.

Luton entered a plea of guilty to the offense on Feb. 27, 2020. Luton also admitted to having violated a term of probation on a previous case for the offense of Aggravated Battery and was resentenced Friday in that case to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a one year period of mandatory supervised release. The sentences are to run concurrently.

On Nov. 22, 2019, just three days after Luton was placed on probation for Aggravated Battery, officers with the Zeigler Police Department responded to Luton’s home in Zeigler on a call regarding a domestic disturbance. During the investigation, Luton became uncooperative and struggled with police officers. During the struggle, Luton grabbed a taser from one of the officers in an attempt to take it from him.

Luton’s extensive criminal history includes numerous offenses involving harm or the potential of harm to other individuals. Luton also has a previous conviction for Burglary. The investigations into Luton’s cases were conducted by Chief Ben Burkhamer together with several officers of the Zeigler Police Department. The case was prosecuted by State’s Attorney Abby Dinn.