Our sister station WCSJ reports that a former Morris City Council member has pleaded guilty to gun and other charges and could spend the next several years in prison.
Eighty-one-year-old Don Matteson of Morris was charged with two counts of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Firearm, both class four felonies as well as Fleeing and Eluding Police, Resisting or Obstructing a Police Officer, Disorderly Conduct, and two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, which are misdemeanors.
The Morris Police Department responded to a business in the 1500 block of Creek Drive where Matteson was waving a handgun in the air and making threats on June 6th. Police officials said Matteson refused to stop for an officer while in his vehicle after leaving the scene.
Matteson then had to be physically disarmed and taken into custody outside of his home on East Benton Street, a short time later. A loaded 9 mm handgun was recovered from the man's front right pants pocket.
Investigators say Matteson had a proper FOID card and concealed carry license. Matteson remains free on a $50,000 bond. He will be sentenced by Grundy County Judge Lance Peterson on February 28th.
Matteson, who lost in the 2017 Election to Third Ward Alderman Derrick Wren, spent several years on the Morris City Council.