Paxton felon back in jail for having handgun

PAXTON — A convicted felon with several pending criminal cases was arrested on a warrant Monday night for allegedly possessing a handgun.

Michael L. Widmer, 46, remained jailed Tuesday morning on a $100,000 bond, according to officials at the Ford County Jail. He was expected to be arraigned later on Tuesday, State's Attorney Matt Fitton said.

A warrant was issued last week, charging Widmer with unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, a Class 3 felony, after police received a call from someone who said Widmer had a gun at his residence in Paxton, Fitton said. According to the charge filed, Widmer was in possession of a .40-caliber pistol.

Widmer was arrested in Champaign on Monday night and was later taken to a hospital after complaining of chest pains, Sheriff Mark Doran said. He was then transferred to the Ford County Jail on Tuesday morning, Doran said.

Widmer had recently been released from jail after being charged with two counts of cyberstalking, a Class 4 felony, for allegedly posting messages on the Internet that were directed toward a Paxton woman whom he had previously been ordered to have no contact with.

Widmer is awaiting an April trial date for allegedly threatening the same woman in a separate criminal case. In that case, Widmer was charged with one count each of intimidation and unlawful communication with a witness, both Class 3 felonies. The charges stem from accusations that Widmer threatened to harm the woman, after she told police in May 2010 that she saw Widmer driving his truck while his license was revoked.

Charges are also pending against Widmer for driving on a revoked license in Ford County.

Meanwhile, in Iroquois County, a petition has been filed by State's Attorney Jim Devine seeking to revoke the conditional discharge Widmer received after pleading guilty in 2010 to obstructing justice and fleeing police in that county.

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jdmac44 wrote on March 20, 2012 at 11:03 am

However did he get his hands on a gun if he's a felon?  We have a FOID system to keep that from happening!  Hmm, must not work very well, other than to keep a thumb on lawful gun owners.

allergic to stupid wrote on March 20, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Any felon can get a gun if they want one. Cash. Its not legal, but its certainly not impossible. The felon in this story is a ball of trouble, and if I know Paxton, they wont stop until they put him away for good. That is exactly where he belongs.