Felon sentenced for carrying switchblade

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A convicted felon living in Murphysboro has been sentenced to two years in prison after police found him with a switchblade knife earlier this year.

Keith A. Butcher, 40, pleaded guilty Nov. 16 to one count of felony possession of a weapon. He was given credit for 21 days already served in jail and was ordered to pay costs. Online court records indicate that Butcher’s prison sentence is day-for-day, meaning he could be released in only one year.

Records indicate Butcher has been convicted of multiple previous felonies dating back to 2000. His record includes convictions for arson, domestic battery, aggravated battery and burglary.

Murphysboro Police responded Sept. 13 to a report of an individual refusing to leave a residence in the 700 block of North 7th Street. When officers arrived, they found Butcher seated on the front steps of the residence.

The officers approached him and asked if he needed a ride, according to Jackson County State’s Attorney Mike Carr. The officers then began to conduct a weapons check, at which time Butcher handed them a switchblade knife.

Butcher will face a one-year period of mandatory supervised release at the end of his time in prison.