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A Mattoon man has been found guilty of two counts of attempted murder and one count of home invasion after an incident on February 4th of 2019. 33-year-old Alvan Booths of Mattoon, Illinois will face sentencing in April. 


Moultrie County State’s Attorney Tracy Weaver could not be reached for comment but did put out an official press release. She stated that evidence of the case showed that on February 4th, 2019 Booths unlawfully entered the Sullivan home of Otha Phillips and Holley Simmons. Mr. Booths proceeded to shoot Mr. Phillips in the neck using a firearm. Mr. Booths than attempted to shoot Ms. Simmons but the firearm jammed, at which time, Mr. Booths fled the scene.


Officers with the Sullivan Police Department, Moultrie County Sheriff’s Office, Mattoon Police Department, and Illinois State Police helped out with the investigation and eventual arrest of Mr. Booths. 


Weaver said in the press release that it was a complete team effort and she was very thankful for the efforts of everyone involved. 


“This was a team effort across departments and counties, and I am thankful for the efforts of all involved. The investigation into the incident did not simply stop with the arrest of Mr. Booths, as countless hours were spent by investigators and departmental staffs over several months. This case is an excellent example of the dedication and proficiency of the officers who worked this case.”


Mr. Booths will now face sentencing on April 7th, 2020 at 1:30 PM. 

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