MARION -- A Williamson County jury Thursday found Dimitri R. Johnson, 23, of Herrin, guilty of unlawful use/possession of a weapon by a felon, a Class 2 felony, and unlawful possession of cannabis (more than 100 grams but less than 500 grams), a Class 4 felony.
On Dec. 20, 2017, Johnson was arrested following a traffic stop on a vehicle where he was the passenger. Police found a large bag of cannabis in the vehicle, along with a loaded handgun in Johnson's possession. Police later found more cannabis at Johnson's residence.
Johnson has multiple prior felony convictions, including convictions for theft, burglary and aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer.
The trial lasted three days. The jury deliberated approximately 15 minutes before returning their verdict.
Johnson was represented by the Williamson County Public Defender. He was taken into custody by the Sheriff's Office following the guilty verdict, and will be sentenced at a later date.
The following were instrumental in the prosecution of this case: Assistant State's Attorney Sean DeMello, the Marion Police Department and the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group.
"The 2nd Amendment and the gun debate are definitely hot topics in society at the moment, as is the debate over cannabis," said Williamson County State's Attorney Brandon Zanotti. "This case underscores an element of that debate and the position of this office, in that we do not tolerate guns being used by or in the possession of felons. Further, the defendant in this case was in possession of over 300 grams of cannabis, and there was evidence at issue that it was going to be sold illegally."
Emery convicted of obstruction
A Williamson County jury Thursday found Cecil T. Emery, 45, of Herrin, guilty of obstructing a police officer, a Class A misdemeanor.
On Feb. 17, 2019, multiple police agencies arrived at Emery's residence in Herrin after a report was made that Emery had several loaded firearms and may have posed a danger to himself and others, and that gunshots were heard in that area of Herrin.
When police arrived, evidence showed that Emery was making threats to harm police officers, himself and others. Once outside the residence, Emery continually obstructed the investigation and made threats to officers.
The trial lasted three days. The jury deliberated approximately 30 minutes before returning their verdict.
Emery was represented by Bryan Drew of Drew Law Group. Emery will be sentenced at a later date.
The following were instrumental in the prosecution of this case: Assistant State's Attorney Andrew Wilson, the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, and the police departments of Herrin, Johnston City and Energy.
"Threats against police officers and obstructing their investigations is something taken very seriously in Williamson County, and this case is an example of the repercussions for this kind of behavior," Zanotti said. "This case is also a great example of multiple county agencies working together to help make Williamson County a safer place."