February 2, 2021
JEFFERSON COUNTY, IL — A 49-year-old Mt. Vernon pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in Jefferson County Court to seven of nine child sex crime charges against him that will likely see him sentenced to prison for the rest of his life. Michael Wheeler was arrested in the case last summer. He’s now scheduled to be sentenced in the case on March 2 following the open plea he filed Tuesday.
According to Jefferson County State’s Attorney Sean Featherstun, Wheeler pleaded open to Counts 3 through 9, which include five Class