Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Murder suspect’s record includes time in prison

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  • Gary James Wiltermood III’s current stint in the Marion County Jail at Palmyra isn’t his first time behind bars.
    The 22-year-old, who is charged with murder in the second degree in connection with the Oct. 8, 2013, death of Adrienne Arnett at a Hannibal convenience store, has a record that dates back to his juvenile status in McDonough County, Ill.
    The Courier-Post’s sister paper, the McDonough Voice, reported on one of Wiltermood’s brushes with the law that occurred in March 2011.
    Wiltermood, who was then 20 years old and living in Huntsville, Ill., was stopped by Macomb, Ill., police at Clay and Calhoun streets for driving erratically and having no rear license plate lamp.
    Reports say that when police made contact with Wiltermood, his mannerisms indicated that he was under the influence of a controlled substance.
    When officers searched Wiltermood, they found nine Adderall pills.
    An investigation by police found that the pills were from a prescription Wiltermood had several years prior, and had long-since expired.
    Wiltermood was charged with possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence of drugs.
    He was lodged in the McDonough County Jail and remained there until the May 2011 hearing.
    Wiltermood, the newspaper reported, had been convicted for criminal sexual abuse when he was a minor, also had failed to register as a sex offender.
    Wiltermood had previously spent time in prison for residential burglary and violation of a monitoring device, according to the McDonough Voice.
    In May 2011, the newspaper reported that Judge Richard Gambrell sentenced Wiltermood to 18 months in the Illinois Department of Corrections and was given credit for 75 days he had served in county jail. He was also ordered to pay more than $1,000 in fines and fees. The charge of failure to register as a sex offender was dropped.
    Wiltermood is scheduled to appear before Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd on the second degree murder charge at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, in Hannibal.
    He is being held at the Marion County Jail in Palmyra on a $500,000 cash-only bond.
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