On January 23rd, 2013, Judge Gordon Lustfeldt sentenced Jesse Thomas to 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for delivery of a controlled substance.
A jury convicted Thomas on December 6th, 2012. In late August, Investigators from the Iroquois County sheriff’s Department and Watseka Police Department videotaped Thomas selling heroin to a confidential informant near the Nettie Davis elementary School in Watseka. Police arrested Thomas as part of a narcotics sting operation that netted 25 arrests.
Assistant State’s Attorney Alex O’Brien represented the People at the trial and at sentencing. Attorney Lance Camp, who was appointed in both cases, represented Thomas.
Thomas has an extensive criminal history dating back over 25 years. Thomas’s criminal history includes prior felony convictions for Criminal Sexual Assault, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, Forgery, and Criminal Damage to Property. he was on bond for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender at the time he was recorded selling heroin.
On January 25th, 2013, Thomas pled guilty to the additional charge to failure to register as a sex offender. Thomas failed to register his address in Watseka with the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Department as required. Judge Lustfeldt sentenced Thomas to an additional 2 year’s in the Illinois Department of Corrections, bringing his total sentence to 12 years.