Grand Jury indicted Murphysboro man on four counts of first degree murder

A  Jackson County Grand Jury Thursday indicted 40-year-old Keith R. Ritcheson of on four counts of first degree murder regarding the death of his parents, Burl and Brenda Ritcheson, last month at their home in Murphysboro.

The indictment charges Ritcheson in two alternate counts with causing the death of Burl Ritcheson and two alternate counts with causing the death of Brenda Ritcheson by shooting them knowing it would cause their death or great bodily harm. The incident happened during the overnight hours of Sunday, Aug. 13 and Monday, Aug. 14.

Ritcheson could get 20 to 60 years in prison for each victim if convicted. He also could face an additional mandatory sentence of 25 years to life for each victim if it is shown that a firearm was used in the offense. Ritcheson will not be eligible for probation for first degree murder and will be required to serve the entire sentence.

Ritcheson is currently lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $1 million bond. He is schedule to be in court for his arraignment on Sept. 12 at 12:45 p.m.