DECATUR — In an unusual move and over prosecutors' objections, a judge is allowing a former
Decatur high school basketball star facing felony drug charges to leave the country so he can play pro ball in Germany. Lewis Jackson IV will be allowed to fly out of the country Dec. 27 and take up an offer to play for a professional team in the 2nd Division ProB league in Germany.
Macon County Circuit Judge Thomas Griffith said Jackson, 27, will have to return to Decatur in April after the German season is over to answer the charge of possession of more than 70 grams of heroin with intent to deliver, a class X felony.
He has pleaded not guilty.
The case dates from a June 17 traffic stop on Interstate 72 near Decatur. Jackson was not in court for Monday’s “geographic expansion of bond” hearing, but Griffith told his lawyer, Mark Kevin Wykoff Sr., that the case must go forward when Jackson returns in April.
“...We’re going to have to fish or cut bait on that date, Mr. Wykoff,” Griffith said. “Either a trial date or some type of resolution.”
Earlier, Assistant Macon County State’s Attorney Lindsey Shelton objected to allowing the long period overseas for someone facing a felony. “Based on the severity of these charges, we believe that it would be inappropriate for him to be there for that long,” she said.
But Griffith appeared sympathetic to Wykoff's argument that Jackson can be trusted. The defense had pointed out the Decatur man already had his bond varied in September so he could pursue graduate studies at Purdue University and assist with its “nationally ranked men’s basketball program.”
Wykoff added: “I genuinely believe that if he were a threat to leave the jurisdiction, he would have done that already.”
Granting the motion, Griffith also thought Germany might be a safer location for Jackson. “I think he is better off there pursuing his profession than hanging around the Decatur area and perhaps getting into more trouble,” the judge said.
Jackson had been a star player at Eisenhower High School and was chosen as Herald & Review Macon County Player of the Year in 2006 and 2008. He was a four-year starter at Purdue University as a point guard but went undrafted.
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Myles McGonigle has pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated reckless driving causing great bodily harm after his vehicle struck a pedestrian on the city's east side in November 2015.
Vernoica Luster, 48, has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $406,000 from a Clinton physician.
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Former Decatur credit union employee Karen S. Buxton, 49, was booked on a preliminary charge of theft over $10,000 after police said she stole more than $66,500 from the accounts of two customers.
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Malcolm J. Mathews, 29, pleaded guilty to one count of violating probation after a previous theft conviction and one count of being a felon on possession of a firearm after allegedly attempting to rob a Decatur man on the morning of April 1.
Nancy Finley, former Tower Hill Village Treasurer, is being charged with theft of government property more than $100,000, a Class X felony.
Emmanual Dunklin is charged with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence of drugs, three counts of aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude police and one count of leaving the scene of an injury accident following the Oct. 31 crash in downtown Decatur.
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Kwantrevis D. Richardson.
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Damon L. Davis is facing preliminary charges of attempted murder and two counts of home invasion in connection with incidents that occurred in the Park City Mobile Home Community.
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Charles C. Deberry was sentenced to
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Billings, Autumn D.
Autumn D. Billings was arrested in connection with the murder of 22-year-old Zachary Hubbartt of Windsor.
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Natalie E. Stout.
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Jamale Rice pleaded not guilty to multiple charges including the attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend, stalking, domestic battery with a prior, telephone harassment and criminal damage to property.
Rebecca Wilhelm is facing charges that she sexually abused a 16-year-old boy while she was a guest at his home.
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Mark Wicklund is facing charges after police said he crashed a vehicle while driving under the influence and subsequently struck an officer at the hospital.
Washington, Tresean L.
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Carlos D. Taylor was arraigned Wednesday on two Class X felony counts for cannabis trafficking and possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.
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Shawn J. Honorable was arraigned Wednesday on two Class X felony counts for cannabis trafficking and possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.
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Joshua R. Debolt was booked into the Macon County Jail on preliminary criminal charges and arraigned on additional charges after allegedly crashing into a produce stand shed Monday.
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Michael L. Diggs is being held in jail on $75,000 bond after he allegedly threatened a woman with a knife in order to holder her against her will.
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Delle Wilson is facing multiple felony charges, including Class X home invasion, for allegedly bursting into a westside home and punching a man until he passed out.
Thomas Lawhead is facing multiple felony charges, including Class X home invasion, for allegedly bursting into a westside home and punching a man until he passed out.
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Callen Mears was arrested alongside Hunter Jolley on two felony burglary counts after a homeowner captured evidence of them breaking into his home on a video camera.
Cartavious Farrington is facing narcotics dealing counts carrying Class X sentences of up to 80 years in prison after he allegedly was found in possession of cocaine and cash at the scene of a crash scene after leading police on a high-speed chase.
Jeterrio Reed was arraigned on one felony count of burglary and one misdemeanor count of criminal trespass to a motor vehicle.
Ronald N. Springman is in jail on $40,000 bond after allegedly threatening to kill a woman if she called the police on him.
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Shaun Dandridge was convicted of being an armed habitual criminal for possessing a firearm while having two prior felony convictions.
Smith, Stephen D.
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Walls, Lanay D.
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Eddie Sutters pleaded guilty for intentionally running over 53-year-old Janice Cole with his SUV in the summer of 2014. Sutters will receive a sentence of 20 to 60 years.
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Dick, Justin D.
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Devin Barr is accused of assaulting his girlfriend and setting their shared residence on fire.
Thomas U. Ellzey was arrested in connection with the attempted murder of two people.
Monica Brown was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay restitution of $30,822 after admitting to defrauding Medicaid by billing for services to a person who had been dead for 2 1/2 years.
Cassandra miller was sentenced to four years of probation and 50 hours of community service after pleading guilty to defrauding Medicaid by providing false time sheets.
Lorin Stamps is being held in jail on $15,000 bond after allegedly battering a woman after she told him to get out of her vehicle.
James Young allegedly filed a false police report that implicate four males in an armed robbery.
Haley Dennison allegedly filed a false police report that implicate four males in an armed robbery.
Albert Tillman was arraigned on one felony count of forgery and a misdemeanor count of resisting a peace officer.
Diamante Hollins was arraigned on three criminal accounts for allegedly battering and holding a woman against her will.
Randle, Bradford L.
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Hunter Roush was arraigned on seven felony counts of child pornography for allegedly uploading videos of young children engaged in sex acts and making them available for distribution.
Andrews, Antonio T.
Antonio T. Andrews is facing four felony counts after he allegedly crashed his car into another vehicle, causing a 23-year-old front seat passenger to suffer life-threatening injuries.
Josh Burdine allegedly flicked ashes from a burning cigarette onto a pregnant woman's face and slammed the door on a police officer and another woman.
Jikime Wilson was arraigned on more than 10 felony counts of burglary.
Jones, Thomas L.
Thomas L. Jones is being held on $40,000 bond in the Macon County Jail and was arraigned on four felony counts after allegedly strangling and battering a woman.
Travis South allegedly broke into a residence and battered a couple.
Alex Fane was arraigned on 11 criminal counts in connection with four unrelated criminal cases for charges including aggravated battery, burglary, criminal damage to property and resisting arrest.
Daiquan Cline, one of four teens charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Cesley Taylor, entered a guilty plea February 8, 2016. According to the terms of his plea agreement, Cline will receive 20 years in prison, to be served at 100 percent, if he testifies truthfully at any trials that may be held for the other three defendants.
Courtney Vaughn is facing Class X felony charges for allegedly robbing a woman of her car at gunpoint while promising her she would be rewarded with marijuana.
Miller, Andre D.
Andre D. Miller is facing Class X felony charges for allegedly robbing a woman of her car at gunpoint while promising her she would be rewarded with marijuana.
Kirk, Christian L.
Christian L. Kirk allegedly hit a woman with a stuck and punched her in the head when they got into an argument over the change in their relationship.
Antonio Lugo-Santiago, a 30-year-old Decatur man who is on probation for battering a senior man, was arrested for allegedly stealing a case of beer from the same victim.
Trenton Sullivan has been charged with four Class X Felonies, two counts of home invasion and robbery after allegedly robbing a couple at gunpoint.
Adrian Barbee, 25, of Decatur is being held in jail on $34,000 bond, for allegedly attacking a woman while her child was present.
Edwards, Leica A.
Leica A. Edwards is facing Class x armed robbery charges for allegedly holding up an eastside convenience store by brandishing a knife that resembled a firearm.
Harris, Kimberly S.
Kimberly S. Harris is facing Class X armed robbery charges for allegedly holding up an eastside convenience store by brandishing a knife that resembled a firearm.
Woodruff, John K.
John K. Woodruff allegedly endangered a couple by driving a truck toward them in a parking lot.
Charles Overla is facing a Class X charge of armed robbery for allegedly robbing an eastside video store by threatening a female employee with a knife.
Charles Cook, a 61-year-old drifter who recently lived in Decatur is facing homicide charges in Pennsylvania after investigators connected him by DNA evidence to a 1991 shooting of a 76-year-old woman near a college town east of Pittsburgh.
Brad S. Creason, a 46-year-old parolee, is back in custody for allegedly crashing into three separate vehicles and fleeing the scenes of all the accidents while his blood-alcohol level was almost twice the legal limit for driving.
Yolando Plato was sentenced to 24 months' probation and ordered to pay restitution on charges of stealing more than $3,800 in taxpayer dollars by submitting fraudulent Medicaid claims.
Javonne Russell is facing nine criminal charges after he allegedly slapped a woman, stole her cellphone and cash, threatened to batter her and threw her friend to the ground on Christmas Day.
Devonte Cunningham is facing two felony counts of residential burglary for allegedly breaking into the homes of two women on the city's east side. Read more.
Michael Cunningham is facing two felony counts of residential burglary for allegedly breaking into the homes of two women on the city's east side. Read more.
Austin Fullenwider is facing three criminal charges after he allegedly strangled a woman, tripped her and bent back her finger.
Quentin Hawkins was one of two men arrested after a traffic stop on Interstate 72. Police allege he and another man were transporting more than 10 pounds of marijuana to sell in Decatur.
Tulane Hardaway was one of two men arrested after a traffic stop on Interstate 72. Police allege he and another man were transporting more than 10 pounds of marijuana to sell in Decatur.
Galley, Jonathan R.
Jonathan R. Galley was arraigned Jan. 4 on four Class X counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and six counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, three to seven years on each count.
Antoine White was arraigned on three felony charges for allegedly threatening a woman with a butcher knife and holding her against her will.
Reede, Davente D.
Davente D. Reed is being held in jail on $155,000 bond after he allegedly entered a westside residence, put a gun to a woman's head and dragged her outside to a vehicle by her hair.
Carltavis Purnell was arrested after Decatur Police Street Crimes detectives allegedly found him in possession of cocaine, a .45 caliber handgun and more than $2,000.
Cunningham, Demariel T.