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Joe G. Coleman


A Carbondale man was found guilty by a Jackson County jury on multiple charges Friday in Jackson County Circuit Court, according to Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael Carr.

Joe G. Coleman, 35, was found guilty of robbery and aggravated battery after a two-day trial.

On Aug. 20, 2016, Carbondale Police officers responded to North Westridge Drive and Concord Court because of a robbery. Officers saw a SUV leave the area upon arrival and alerted other officers about it.

At the scene, officers found a male victim bleeding from the left side of his face. The victim told police he was walking home when he was approached by a man who asked him if he needed help.

While speaking with the man, he was hit in the face and there was a struggle over the victim’s backpack. The assailant then ran away. The victim called the police and gave a physical description and described the property that was stolen.

Other officers located the SUV and saw two men matching the description occupying the vehicle. Police also saw items matching the description given by the victim. Dark-hooded sweatshirts matching the victim’s description were also found with a wrench in one of the pockets.

The victim was able to positively identify Coleman as the person who hit him and identify the property in the SUV as what was taken from him.

Coleman was then arrested. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 29.

He faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison for the robbery charge and five years for aggravated battery.



Dustin Duncan is a reporter for The Southern Illinoisan covering Carbondale.

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