Carlinville man sentence to 17 years for armed violence

Carlinville man sentence to 17 years for armed

Macoupin County State’s Attorney Jennifer Watson announced earlier this week Associate Judge Joshua Meyer accepted a 17-year sentence for Ryan D. Beck of Carlinville, who was found guilty of armed violence.

Beck has been held in the Macoupin County Jail since his arrest June 11, 2018.

A trial was  held Aug. 14. At trial, first assistant state’s attorney Jordan Garrison presented evidence that on June 11 Carlinville police officers were dispatched to Carlinville Area Hospital to investigate a suspicious vehicle.

Officers testified Beck was found in an Chevrolet S-10 in the parking lot of the hospital. A search of the vehicle found a .22 caliber handgun, 34 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition, methamphetamine and various items of drug paraphernalia.

Further evidence showed Beck had previously been convicted of felony offenses related to methamphetamine and weapons possession. After all evidence was presented, Meyer found Beck guilty and scheduled a sentencing hearing for Sept. 30.

“Thankfully, due to the actions of the Carlinville Police Department, Mr. Beck is off the street without anyone being injured,” Watson said in a prepared statement.

Armed violence, as charged, is a Class X felony with a mandatory sentence to the Illinois Department of Corrections, which must be served 85 percent of the time sentenced. Beck will not be eligible for parole until November 2032.