Paroled Illinois Murderer Arrested in Missouri

Posted: Jan 10, 2013 3:22 PM by Associated Press

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A man on parole for the 1975 killing of an Illinois sheriff's deputy has been arrested in Missouri for trying to steal an ATM.

The State Journal-Register reports that Ronald Edwards was paroled in May from the Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro. Edwards served half of his 40-year sentence in the death of Sangamon County Deputy William Simmons. But on Jan. 3 the 66-year-old Edwards was arrested with another man near Laddonia, Mo.

The pair is charged with burglary and other felony counts for allegedly trying to steal an ATM from a convenience store. They are jailed in Mexico, Mo, on $60,000 cash bonds.

The deputy's 1975 murder was unsolved until 1992 when Edwards told authorities about his involvement. He pleaded guilty in 1994.

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