• Pointing rifle at son gets Centralia man a Class X charge

    by  • January 7, 2013 • News

    A 50-year-old Centralia man was formally charged this morning in Marion County Court with a Class X felony for being an armed habitual criminal.

    Bail for Tommy J. Williams Sr., was set at $50,000 and he was given time to hire a private attorney. If convicted of the Class X felony, the elder senior could be sentenced up to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

    He is accused of pointing a .22 caliber rifle at his son, following a verbal argument that had allegedly become physical.

    Sheriff Jerry DeVore says that as the argument became physical, the son, Tommy J. Williams Jr., appeared to be getting the better of his father, but ultimately released him.

    It was then, says the sheriff, that the father allegedly retrieved the rifle and pointed it at his son.

    According to DeVore, one of his dispatchers received three nearly simultaneous calls Friday morning, each reporting the incident at Williams’ Greenview Road residence.

    Both the father and son made separate calls, as did the father’s girlfriend. DeVore noted his dispatcher “did a great job,” of handling all three calls while still managing his other duties.