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Two men were sentenced to prison in two separate cases Monday in Williamson County, according to a news release from Williamson County State's Attorney Brandon Zanotti.

Brent Battles, 21, of Marion, was sentenced to three years in state prison after pleading guilty to one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, a class 4 felony, and resisting a peace officer, a class A misdemeanor.

The release states that on May 31, 2016, Battles was arrested after a routine traffic stop in Marion. During the stop, officers noticed cannabis in the vehicle along with a loaded .22-caliber handgun. Battles had a prior felony conviction for unlawful use of a weapon.

Cameron E. Adams, 37, of Fresno, Texas, was also sentenced to three years in state prison after pleading guilty to one count of robbery, a class 2 felony.

According to the release, on Dec. 12, after a brief chase, Adams was arrested for threatening someone with a handgun and robbing the victim. The incident took place at the Marion Motel. Once reported, the suspect was identified driving on Illinois 13 in his vehicle. After initial attempts to stop the vehicle failed, the suspect fled on foot and was later apprehended by Marion Police officers.

Both investigations were handled by the Marion Police Department, and Assistant State’s Attorney Sean DeMello led the prosecution of both cases.

“More great work by the Marion Police Department," Zanotti said in the release. "A routine traffic stop netted an illegal firearm off of our streets in one case, and a chase led to the capture of a dangerous man in the other. All in all, we are thankful to see justice served by these two defendants going to prison.”

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