Woman faces felony charges for attempting to bring gun into courthouse

Woman faces felony charges for attempting to bring

An elderly, wheelchair-bound woman was taken into custody Sept. 3 for trying to enter the Macoupin County Courthouse with a loaded .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol.

Donna D. Simpson, 75, of Lake Ka-ho was taken into custody when a deputy spotted a suspicious item in her purse as it passed through security’s x-ray machine.

According to a press release issued by Sheriff Don Albrecht, when the deputy asked Simpson if she had a gun in her purse, she replied that she did not, at which point the deputy retrieved the weapon from the purse.

Simpson has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon, a Class 3 felony, and one count of possession of a firearm without the required Firearm Owner’s ID (FOID) card, which is a Class A misdemeanor. She is being held in Macoupin County Jail with bond set at $25,000.

“It is unclear at this time why Ms. Simpson was in the courthouse. The investigation into the incident continues by the Macoupin County Sheriff’s office,” said Albrecht.

According to court records provided by judici.com, Simpson had a “pay or appear” date sent for the same day at 1:30 p.m. in reference to fines she incurred from unpaid ordinance violation tickets.

Simpson is set to appear in a preliminary hearing on Sept. 17 at 2:30 p.m.

In his statement, Albrecht noted that the Macoupin County Courthouse has been secure for well over 10 years, and this is the first time in memory that anyone has attempted to bring an unauthorized firearm into the facility.

By Jan Dona