Mason County sex offender gets prison for parole violation

Sharon Woods Harris Pekin Daily Times reporter

Despite his claims that he is mentally ill, a Mason County man will serve two years in prison for violating his probation by not registering as a sex offender.

Delmar Amen Williams, 33, address unknown, through his attorney Jerry J. Hooker, presented an argument for why he had not registered as a sex offender. A sex offender is required to register where he is living. Williams was homeless at the time he violated his probation and said he had no address to register.

Hooker told Judge Alan Tucker that Williams was living with his mother now and that he had several health issues that would make prison difficult. Hooker said Williams had physical and mental issues that likely led to his conviction on a sexual offense in the first place.

Williams told Tucker that he is now on medications for his mental illness. He said he previously did not have access to those drugs because he didn’t have insurance to pay for them.

He said he now has a medical card. Williams said he needs to be monitored for a cancer condition in Springfield and has to have an MRI every six months.

He said he had admitted himself to a mental hospital several times because that was the only way he could get his meds. Williams said he could walk to court, the probation office and everywhere he needed to go because he was living with his mother now.

Williams was also charged with domestic battery and driving on a suspended license after his probation was revoked. Williams also failed to show up for a meeting with his probation officer in July.

Tucker said Williams did not strike him as a person willing to comply with probation.

“While you knew this sentencing was pending you missed an appointment,” said Tucker. He added that Williams had four felony convictions prior to the case he was sentenced for Thursday. Tucker said sex offender registration is not designed to embarrass the offender, but rather to protect the public. He said that not registering as a sex offender may seem like a “victimless crime, but in fact it is not.”

Williams asked for a few days to get his affairs in order. State’s Attorney Roger Thomson said he knew his sentencing was coming and he should have already had his affairs in order.

Tucker said told Williams that he hopes he gets the medical attention he needs in prison.

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