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Fairbury Woman Has Probation Revoked

Shanon Branson, 46, of Fairbury, appeared in Jefferson County Court in the custody of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Linda Bauer was the presiding judge.
Branson was arrested on Saturday, December 27, 2020, for third degree assault, a class 1 misdemeanor. At approximately 11:52 p.m., Jefferson County Deputies were dispatched to a residence in Fairbury, responding to a report of a physical altercation. She pleaded guilty on May 3, 2021 and was sentenced to 18 months of probation.
A motion to revoke Branson’s probation was filed on November 11, 2021. According to the affidavit in support of the motion, a condition of her probation was that she was “to refrain from all contact with Jody Duke.”
The affidavit note that the Probation Office, “received information from law enforcement in which it was determined that Jody Duke was at the defendant’s home.”
Another condition of the defendant’s probation is that she abstain from alcohol. The affidavit stated, “The defendant admitted to law enforcement on June 20, 2021 that she was drinking. The defendant submitted a positive alcohol test on June 28, 2021.”
Earlier this week, Branson was again arrested for assault. The defendant was represented by Public Defender Scott Gropp and he was assigned to defend her on the new case.
Judge Bauer told the defendant, “Well, Miss Branson, last week, I had a probation order ready to extend your probation and it was going to be pretty strict. But I was going to give you another shot because of the letter that you wrote for the update. And, you know, I’ve always had some sympathy. I know you’ve had a lot of trauma in your past, but you just keep making such bad, bad decisions and, like you’re self-destructive. So I don’t think any more that probation is an option. And it would be a waste of resources at this time to place you back on probation.”
The judge revoked the defendant’s probation and she was sentenced to 365 days in jail with credit for thee days time served. She was then remanded to the custody of the Sheriff’s Office to carry out the sentence.
This is not the only time Branson has been arrested for assault. At approximately 9:23 p.m. on January 1, 2019, Jefferson County Communications received a call from a female that wanted to report being assaulted. Deputies were dispatched to the call in the 1200 Block of F Street in Fairbury. Upon arrival Deputies were informed that there had been a fight and that the female, Shanon Branson, was thrown into an entertainment center and was complaining of head pain. The male subject, identified as Jody Duke, of Fairbury, had left the residence. Deputies located him several blocks from the residence. Branson was transported to JCH&L by Jefferson County Ambulance for treatment of her head injury. It was determined that the assault was mutual and that both subjects were involved in the assault. After Branson was medically cleared, at the hospital, she was arrested for Domestic Assault. Duke was arrested at the scene for Domestic Assault.


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