MT. VERNON – A 40-year-old Mt. Vernon man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday for being an Armed Habitual Criminal. Lee Davis was handed the sentencing in Jefferson County Court this week after a jury had found him guilty during a trial that stretched from late March into April of the aforementioned Class X felony charge.
Davis was arrested by the Mt. Vernon Police Department in June of 2020 after a 911 call was received saying a man was displaying a handgun in the area of 19th Street & Perkins Avenue. He fled on foot but was soon apprehended and a firearm was located in the area he was running from law enforcement. At the time of his arrest, Davis was wanted on several charges including Robbery, Being a Felon in Possession/Use of a weapon, Endangering the Life of a Child, and being and Armed Habitual Criminal. The original Armed Habitual Criminal charge and other prior charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Davis was previously convicted in 2006 of Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer when he shoved a former Illinois State Police trooper, now the Mt. Vernon Mayor, during a bar fight incident. He also has prior convictions for Felony Escaping, Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, and Robbery.
Davis was given credit for 348 days served.