MURPHYSBORO — Jackson County State’s Attorney Joseph A. Cervantez announced today that felony charges of animal cruelty have been filed against Jacob K. Spradling, age 22, of Murphysboro, Illinoi.

Spradling was arrested on Wednesday pursuant to a warrant. He was released on a $50,000 bond.

State’s Attorney Joseph Cervantez emphasized that “charges are not evidence of guilt—a defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which this office has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Details regarding the defendant’s future court dates are pending.

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