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Edwardsville woman charged with escaping

EDWARDSVILLE – An Edwardsville woman was charged Thursday with escaping after she failed to return from a leave of absence to serve a sentence.

Keisha A. Depalmer, 39, of Edwardsville, was charged Nov. 3 with breakaway, a Class 2 felony. The case was presented by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.

According to court documents, Depalmer would not have returned from furlough on Nov. 2 after being convicted of forgery.

Bail was set at $45,000.

In May, Depalmer was charged with escaping while awaiting trial on the forgery charge. She was released from Madison County Jail on medical leave on February 7 and did not return.

Five other felony charges were filed Nov. 3 by the Madison County Attorney.

Keonte A. Johnson, 20, of Granite City, was charged with motor vehicle infractions, a Class 2 misdemeanor. The case was presented by the Granite City Police Department. According to court documents, Johnson allegedly had a reported stolen 2013 GMC Terrain on Nov. 2. Bail was set at $75,000.

Joshua T. Buchanan, 42, of Gideon, Missouri, was charged with shoplifting under $300 (second consecutive offense), a Class 4 felony. The case was referred by the Collinsville Police Department. Ob Nov. 2 Buchanon reportedly took a car lighting kit worth less than $300 from the Collinsville Walmart. He was convicted in 2019 of theft from Faulkner County, Arkansas. The bail was set at $35,000.

Jessicae R. Burnett, 32, of Gillespie, was charged with shoplifting under $300 (second consecutive offense), a Class 4 misdemeanor. The case was referred by the Collinsville Police Department. On July 15, Burnett allegedly took groceries, a backpack, a handbag and other miscellaneous items worth less than $300 from the Collinsville Walmart. She was convicted of shoplifting in St. Clair County in 2011. Bail was set at $25,000.

• Ronald L. Stinnett, 53, of Gillespie, was charged with driving with his license revoked, a class 4 offence. The case was referred by the Edwardsville Police Department. On Nov. 2, Stinnett reportedly drove a 2007 GMC Sierra truck on Troy Road near Governor’s Parkway with a revoked driver’s license. Driver’s license was revoked due to a 2006 conviction for drink-driving; he has previous convictions for driving while his driver’s license was revoked in 2006, 2011, and 2013. Bail was set at $23,000.

• Michale T. Johns, 32, of Alton, was charged with shoplifting less than $300 (second consecutive offense), a class 4 misdemeanor. The case was referred by the East Alton Police Department. On October 10, according to court documents, Johns took two air fresheners worth less than $300 from Dollar General in East Alton. Johns was convicted in 2021 of stealing more than $500 from Madison County. Bail was set at $15,000.

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