Police & Courts

Quincy man pleads guilty in firearms trafficking case

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 22, 2019 6:10 pm

QUINCY -- A Quincy man faces up to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after he pleaded guilty to an amended charge in connection with an attempt to traffic an AK-47 while he was being held in the Adams County Jail.

Jeffrey T. Bennett pleaded guilty to one count of attempt of firearms trafficking and a misdemeanor domestic battery charge Monday in Adams County Circuit Court.

He had faced a more severe firearms trafficking charge, as well as several other unrelated domestic battery-related charges and felony cannabis charges.

The case was set to go to trial earlier this month, but Bennett agreed to waive jury

If the case had gone to trial, Josh Jones, lead trial attorney for the Adams County state's attorney's office, said he would have presented evidence that would have shown between Dec. 1, 2018, and Feb. 7, 2019, that Bennett was held in the jail, and in recorded phone conversations he asked someone to retrieve an AK-47 that was in Missouri and bring it to Illinois to be sold.

The gun was later recovered and the Quincy Police Department said that it was reported stolen in Adams County in 2016.

Bennett was arrested on the firearms trafficking charge in February.

In the domestic battery case, Jones said witnesses would have testified that Bennett struck a woman in the head with a hammer last November.

Sentencing was set for Sept. 5. Bennett will be eligible for probation.

He is being held in the Adams County Jail on $1 million bond in the firearms case.

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