A Jonesboro man will serve time in Illinois prison for grabbing the buttocks of someone in public — the second time the man had been accused of a similar offense.

According to a news release from the office of Tyler Edmonds, Union County’s state’s attorney, LaCharles M. Jones, 21, was sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with the recommendation of impact incarceration after he pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony.

The release states Jones slapped the buttocks of a customer in a Jonesboro business in November and was arrested the same month after an investigation by the Anna Police Department.

Jones was sentenced to probation after a similar offense in 2015; Jones was arrested then after touching the buttocks of a customer in an Anna business. Jones will also serve a concurrent four-year sentence in IDOC “after admitting to a petition for revocation of probation for the original offense of aggravated battery,” the release states. 

He will serve one year of mandatory supervised release.

— The Southern



Isaac Smith is a reporter covering Franklin, Perry and Saline counties.

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