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Weapons and unlawful restraint charges dropped against Centralia man when victim indicates she lied about allegations   

Weapons and unlawful restraint charges dropped against Centralia man when victim indicates she lied about allegations   

The Marion County State’s Attorney’s office has dismissed aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful restraint charges against a 37-year-old Centralia man after the victim indicated she had lied about the allegations.

In a court filing, prosecutors say the victim also refused to cooperate in the case against Lamar Bennett of West Kell Street in Centralia.

The charges name the alleged victim in the March 2nd incident as Amber Creps.

Bennett had been accused of discharging a firearm in her direction while she was sitting in a car on West Kell Street in Centralia.   Bennett was also accused of not allowing the same woman to leave a residence later in the day until noon on Sunday.    The alleged victim reportedly called police after Bennett left the home.

Bennett had also been charged with domestic battery for allegedly striking the victim multiple times about the head and body.

Bennett had been arrested after allegedly sending a threatening text to the woman after she had been taken to the SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia for treatment.

Bennett is currently being held in the Illinois Department of Corrections on other charges and was not present for Thursday’s court ruling.

The charges were nolle prosequi, which gives the prosecution the opportunity to refile them in the future.