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Marion Man Draws 6 Year Prison Term on Drug Charge and For Striking Correctional Officer

December 15, 2016

A 22-year-old Marion man was sentenced to a total of six years in prison in Marion County Court Wednesday for unlawful possession with intent to deliver 30 to 500 grams of cannabis and for aggravated battery to a Marion County Jail correctional officer. Keenan Parson received three years in prison on each charge, with the time to be served consecutively.

Parson had originally been arrested in early October on the cannabis charge as well as two Class X armed violence charges, as well as single counts of unlawful use of a sawed off shotgun and resisting a peace officer.

All but the cannabis charge was dropped as part of the plea. The charges were the result of Centralia Police attempted to stop a wrong way driver that ended in both vehicle and foot chases. Centralia Police say a 45 caliber pistol and shot gun were dropped to the ground as they chased both Parson and 23-year-old Todd Lee of Cairo. Police later found 152 grams of cannabis and ammunition in the car.

About three weeks later, on October 22nd, Parson is accused of striking a Marion County Correctional Officer in the head after being asked to go back into his cell after reportedly mouthing off to the officer. Parson was quickly brought under control when additional correctional officers entered the cell to assist.

In addition to serving the six years in prison, Parson will have to serve a combined three years of mandatory supervised release. He was given credit for 73 days served in jail.

Lee earlier pleaded guilty to unlawful possession with intent to deliver 30 to 500 grams of cannabis and received a five year prison term. The same weapons, armed violence and resisting arrest charges dropped against Parson were also dropped against Lee as part of his plea.

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