Centralia Man Sentenced On Burglary Charges

(SALEM, IL) — A 24-year-old Centralia man who has been held in the Marion County Jail since his arrest in June on multiple felony burglary charges was sentenced Tuesday in Marion County court to 5-years probation. Jeffery Gallatin pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of Class 2 felony burglary, and in a separate case pleaded guilty to a Class 2 felony possession of a stolen vehicle charge. A fourth count of Class 2 burglary in the second case was dismissed. An apparent crime spree led to Gallatin’s arrest over the summer. He admitted to taking a golf cart from a shed in rural Kinmundy and leaving the golf cart at the scene of car burglaries on Conservation Road in rural Patoka. He also admitted to taking a Jeep from the southeast side of Centralia, ultimately wrecking that vehicle off Interstate 57 near the Martin Road overpass in rural Alma. Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies were notified when the person who gave Gallatin a ride from the Interstate became suspicious. He allegedly had the golf cart key in his possession when taken into custody. In addition to the 5-years TASC probation, Gallatin must pay court costs and more than $9,000 in restitution for both cases. Gallatin previously served a three-year prison sentence for a felony theft conviction out of Clinton County.