Murphysboro man sentenced to 2 years for aggravated use of weapons

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JACKSON COUNTY, Ill. (KBSI) – A Murphysboro man was sentenced to two years behind bars after pleading guilty to an aggravated unlawful use of weapons charge.

Christopher Douglas, 20, was sentenced after pleading guilty in Jackson County to aggravated unlawful use of weapons, a Class 4 felony.

He was sentenced to two years in the Department of Corrections followed by one year of mandatory supervised release, according to Jackson County State’s Attorney Joseph A. Cervantez. The sentence is to be served consecutive to a seven-year sentence he received in the 2021 burglary case.

The charges arise from an incident that occurred in Murphysboro on February 27, 2022. Officers with the Murphysboro Police Department learned Douglas, who had been released on bond from the Jackson County Jail while awaiting sentencing in a 2021 burglary charge, had an active out-of-county warrant for his arrest.

Officers arrested Douglas on the warrant and a found a loaded pistol in his front pocket during a search of his person, according to Cervantez.

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