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Hefner found guilty of two Felony Counts of false personation of peace officer

Edgar Co. (ECWd) –

An Edgar County Jury returned Guilty verdict on two counts against Justin Heffner on October 30, 2019.

Hefner was found guilty of false personation of a peace officer (Class 4 Felony) and false personation of peace officer Class 3 Felony). See Sections 17-2(b)(3) and (b)(5) of the Illinois Criminal Code:

(b) False personation; public officials and employees. A person commits a false personation if he or she knowingly and falsely represents himself or herself to be any of the following:

(3) A peace officer.

(5) A peace officer in attempting or committing a felony.

Sentencing will occur on Dec 5, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.

Hefner was remanded to custody of the Sheriff.

In Feb of 2018, Hefner showed up at the Edgar County Sheriff’s Department trying to pass himself off as a Federal Agent and  apparently had in his possession a rifle with a loaded 100-round magazine and several loaded 30-round magazines, scope, tripod for the rifle, 2 bulletproof vests, a BB gun pistol, 2 pair of handcuffs, a Woodland “OD Green” camo military Field Jacket, and other items that when taken as a whole appeared to be suspicious enough to cause alarm. He also had a notebook with names of people he wanted to “arrest”.

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3 replies »

  1. I served 24 years on active duty with the Army and another 20 years with with a Federal agency. Lots of people serve and protect our country and don’t end up like Justin. I don’t know if the causation of his spiral downward is recreational drugs or schizophrenia, the latter is what I suspect from my reading. Hopefully he receives a full evaluation and treatment while in custody.

  2. I hope his sentencing is more about long term treatment, reporting, monitoring, and proof of progress than it is about punishment.

  3. That’s what serving and protecting our COUNTRY has done to this young man. This is one more injury, we American’s Don’t Really Think About ! Thank you Justin for serving our COUNTRY. Sorry this happened to you and your Family.

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