MARION -- A 32-year-old Marion man, Jonathan D. Carver, and 37-year-old Carbondale man, Donny L. Ricker, were sent to prison last week following the prosecution of their unrelated cases in Williamson County Circuit Court.
Carver pleaded guilty to one count of cyberstalking, a Class 4 felony, stemming from a 2017 arrest in Marion.
On Nov. 9, the Marion police were dispatched to an undisclosed residence in Marion, where the victim detailed several threats made by Carver. The Marion Police report detailed at least two occasions where Carver threatened the victim's life through text messages.
Carver was arrested and charged with one count of cyberstalking.
In addition to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, Carver will be under mandatory supervised release for one year following his release. He is also ordered to have no contact with the victim or the victim's residence going forward.
The investigation was handled by the Marion Police Department. Assistant State's Attorney Lisa Irvin led the prosecution of this case.
"Unfortunately, it is getting fairly common to see domestic issues arise from social media or text messages," said Williamson County State's Attorney Brandon Zanotti. "That was the case here.
"By obtaining copies of the text messages, the police made it hard for the defendant to defend or deny the threats he made," he added.
"Cyberstalking is a real crime that affects victims in a negative way, and this case is a good example of showing the repercussions of what cyberstalking behavior will lead to."
Ricker, meanwhile, violated terms of his probation and was sentenced to four years.
The original attempted burglary charge, a Class 3 felony, arose from an incident in July of 2014, where Ricker attempted to break open a coin machine at a car wash in Herrin.
Since his original sentencing in October of 2014, Ricker has violated his probation by not reporting to his probation officer and refusing to take part in court-requested drug screenings.
Assistant State's Attorney Sean DeMello led the prosecution of this case.
"When someone is given probation, it is their opportunity to right the ship, to take responsibility, and to make a change," Zanotti said. "The defendant in this case was unable to do so and as a result, he will serve four years in prison."