The executive vice president and general manager of Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative has pleaded guilty to criminal trespass.

David Johnston entered a guilty plea to criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor, in Jackson County court on Wednesday, July 14, according to court documents.

The charge was in connection to an incident at a Carbondale bar on March 20, in which he was also originally charged with battery, a Class A misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor, court papers indicated. The battery and disorderly conduct charges were dismissed by a state motion when Johnston pleaded guilty to criminal trespass.

Johnston was granted credit for time served — one day in jail — and placed on six months court supervision, in addition to $491 in fines assessed, according to court documents.

Johnston, of Anna, has been working in the electric utility industry for 11 years, according to the SIEC website. He also serves as a director for the Southern Illinois Power Cooperative. He formerly served as SIEC’s CFO.

Headquartered in Dongola, SIEC provides power to 10,000 homes in Alexander, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski and Union counties.

The Vienna Times contributed to this article.

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