The Fayette County State’s Attorney said four people have been sentenced recently in the county, including a registered sex offender and the third perpetrator in a mob action.

State’s Attorney Joshua C. Morrison charged Nicholas Arndt, age 35, of Vandalia, with three counts of unlawful restraint and three counts of child endangerment.

Arndt plead guilty on September 25 in Fayette County Court to locking a minor in an interior room for seven hours with the lock on the outside of the door. He also nailed the window shut with a board on the outside. Arndt also plead guilty to unlawful failure to register as a sex offender.

Judge Kevin Parker sentenced Arndt to 18 months for unlawful restraint and 24 months for failure to register in the Illinois department of Corrections. Both sentences will be served consecutively.

Another conviction for Morrison was the third person charged with mob action back in May. Victor L. Cook, age 34, of Wamac. Cook pled guilty to Mob Action on September 19 in Fayette County Court.

Cook and two other men, John Pope and Anthony Pierce ganged up on Ricky Harre. They unlawfully struck him knowingly using force to inflict bodily harm with at least two other people.

Cook, Pope and Pierce were detained back in late May for the offense of felony use of a firearm and mob action. Pope, age 29, of Centralia, plead guilty in August and is serving time in IDOC. Pierce, age 35, of Centralia, plead guilty in July and is serving his sentence at IDOC.There were two other recent convictions reported in Fayette County.

On September 19, 2019, Ricky L. Martin, age 31, of Ramsey, Illinois, plead guilty to the offense of unlawful possession of methamphetamine, and was sentenced by Honorable Kevin Parker to 36 months, to be served in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

On September 18, 2019, John Kleinik, age 54, of Vandalia, Illinois, plead guilty to the offense of burglary, and was sentenced by Honorable Kevin Parker to 24 months, to be served in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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