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Deputy Sheriff William D. Simmons | Sangamon County Sheriff's Department, Illinois Sangamon County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

Deputy Sheriff

William D. Simmons

Sangamon County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Saturday, March 8, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 1 year, 9 months

Badge # 40

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 40 years

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Deputy William Simmons was shot and killed while checking on a stolen vehicle.

While the deputy was on the scene the suspect who was responsible for stealing the vehicle drove up in a tow truck. The man then approached Deputy Simmons and shot and killed him while the deputy was seated in his patrol car.

The suspect was not charged with Deputy Simmons' murder until 1992. The man had been a suspect since the murder, but because of a lack of evidence he was never charged. He had been convicted of another crime in Arkansas and confessed to murdering Deputy Simmons in 1992. He made the confession in order to be transferred to an Illinois prison because he did not like the Arkansas prison system. He was sentenced to 40 years for Deputy Simmons' murder.

Deputy Simmons' killer was paroled in May 2012, but was arrested in Missouri in January 2013 after stealing an ATM.

Deputy Simmons had served with the Sangamon County Sheriff's Department nearly two years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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RI.P. Bill.
Bill and I grew up together in Central Illinois. His mother, and my mother were sisters. I have baby pictures and growing up pictures of us together, and we attended same school together before he moved away. However, still have fond memories of him, and have visited his widow a few times. I now live in Texas, and I go back to Illinois for my class reunion every 5 years. I visit his grave often, and think of our childhood.

Sgt Charles M. Peters. Retired
Amarillo Texas, Police Dept.
November 25, 2016

 

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