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February 23, 2024

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

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On November 1, 2019

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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  • Gloria S Arbuckle
    Posted at 20:24h, 01 November

    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.

    • Justin Hefner
      Posted at 21:32h, 27 December

      Your welcome Gloria S Arbuckle

  • Sgt. Joe Friday (LAPD Ret.)
    Posted at 22:36h, 01 November

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

  • Roger
    Posted at 15:24h, 02 November

    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.

  • Justin Hefner
    Posted at 21:30h, 27 December

    I wouldn’t believe everything you here on the News. I am not a Peace Officer and the FBI, VA and I told them that from the start. This reporter Gary Henry guy can’t get his facts right. It’s Edgar County Corruption at work once again and everything is getting taking care of through my Chain of Command.