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MURPHYSBORO — Jackson County State’s Attorney, Joseph A. Cervantez, announced today that on May 31, 2022, Christopher P. Douglas, 20, of Murphysboro, Illinois, received a sentence to the Illinois Department of Corrections for the offence of Burglary. On October 29, 2021, Douglas entered an open plea of guilty to one count of Burglary, a Class 2 felony. Douglas was sentenced to serve seven (7) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, followed by one (1) year of Mandatory Supervised Release. The Court recommended Douglas for placement in a substance abuse treatment program during his incarceration.

Douglas’ sentence came after the Court, the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Jackson County Public Defender’s Office, and the Jackson County Probation Department spent months working with Douglas to give him an opportunity to seek counseling and treatment and possibly avoid a prison sentence altogether. Douglas failed to complete the requirements of the Court ordered program, including without limitation failing to complete courted ordered substance abuse treatment, failing to keep the Probation Office advised of his place of residence, continuing use of illicit drugs, and committing a new criminal offense.

The Burglary charge against Douglas arose out of an October 10, 2021, incident during which Douglas was caught in the act of burglarizing S.I. Liquor Mart in Murphysboro, Illinois. Douglas ran from the police, but he was apprehended after a brief pursuit. Douglas admitted to burglarizing the business and the police found Douglas’ backpack filled with stolen merchandise.

The investigation of Douglas’ case was conducted by the Murphysboro Police Department. Assistant State’s Attorney Jayson Clark was responsible for the successful prosecution of Douglas.



Joseph A. Cervantez, Jackson County State’s Attorney, announced today that Commodore D. Jackson, 42, of Murphysboro, was sentenced to 17 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Jackson was found guilty in 2022 of Aggravated Battery with Use of a Deadly Weapon.

On March 4, 2022, the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office presented evidence that on Friday, November 5, 2021, at around 1:25 A.M., Carbondale Police Officers responded to 511 S. Illinois Avenue, Hanger 9, in Carbondale, regarding a stabbing. Jackson had stabbed the victim four times in the parking lot, following a verbal altercation inside the bar. The survivor was able to make his way back toward the front of Hanger 9 where emergency help was called. The Carbondale Police Department conducted the investigation, and the Murphysboro Police Department located and apprehended Jackson where he was transported to the Jackson County Jail on November 5, 2021.

A sentencing hearing was held on December 15, 2023, where arguments were made by Jackson County Assistant State’s Attorney Sophia M. Allen, as to sentencing recommendations. The court ultimately sentenced Jackson to a total of 17 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. The investigation was led by the Carbondale Police Department and assisted by the Murphysboro Police Department and the Illinois State Police.

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