MURPHYSBORO, IL -
A Murphysboro, Illinois man has been convicted possessing a stolen car.
29 year-old Vonzell D. Williams was convicted of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and theft of property exceeding $10,000 in value following a jury trial on held on Wednesday and Thursday.
In March 2010, a detective with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department observed an person, ultimately identified as the defendant, commit a traffic violation at the intersection of Route 127 and Route 13 in Murphysboro. The detective also learned that the license plates attached to the 2010 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 were stolen dealer plates from Missouri. The vehicle was followed to Landon Lane to await other responding officers.
Once another unit arrived, they discovered the car was stolen the month prior from Expressway Dodge in Evansville, Indiana. The value of the car at that time was approximately $42,000. Officers took Williams into custody for possession of the stolen vehicle. Upon further investigation, they learned Williams was in possession of a forged title for the car, which was one of 12,000 stolen blank titles from the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles. Officers also found a fraudulent insurance card. Inconsistencies with the names, addresses, and other information on the documents were discovered. The Vehicle Identification Number had also been removed from the driver's side door of the car.
Williams was interviewed and said that he purchased the car at a price far lower than the actual value of the car. He denied knowing the vehicle was stolen.
Sentencing has been set for July 3rd at 2:30 pm. The sentencing range for the felonies he is charged with is 3 to 7 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Probation is also available during sentencing.
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