Charges pending in homicide investigation at Mount Sterling prison

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Charges are pending in a homicide investigation at the Western Illinois Correctional Center in Mount Sterling, Illinois, according to Brown County States Attorney Mark Vincent.

Vincent said an FBI investigation continues into the death of inmate Larry Earvin, 65, following an altercation with correctional staff in May.

Vincent said his office is awaiting the results of the investigation before deciding on any charges.

The Associated Press reported that at least four employees were placed on administrative leave with pay on May 22, for allegedly violating conduct standards. The four employees are Sgt. Willie Hedden, 40, of Mount Sterling, Lt. Benjamin Burnett, 33, of Winchester, Illinois, Lt. Blake Haubrich, 30, of Quincy and Correctional Officer Alex Banta, 27, of Quincy.

“I’m not ruling out filing any state charges depending on the results of the investigation,” Vincent said.

Vincent explained that federal charges could be filed, but his office could potentially file additional charges.

Vincent said his office is staying in touch with the investigation and hopes to have the findings soon.

“I’m hoping they’re close to wrapping up this investigation,” Vincent said.

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Zachary Voss

Zachary Voss

Zachary Voss is the Assignment Editor at WGEM.

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