Appeal denied for man who threatened state’s attorney

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The state supreme court won’t revisit the case of a man convicted of threatening the Mercer County, Illinois State’s Attorney.

Justin Melton was in jail when he made repeated threats to cause harm to Mercer County State’s Attorney Gregory McHugh.  Melton was convicted in 2010 for threatening a public official.  Melton was sentenced to three years in prison.

McHugh said Melton’s prior appeal was denied, so Melton tried to have the Illinois Supreme Court reverse his conviction.   The Illinois Supreme Court denied the leave to appeal in a decision McHugh released July 24, 2012.   

“A public official should not be threatened by criminals just for doing his job,” said McHugh.

Melton has already completed his prison sentenced. 

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