Pinckneyville School Board Member in Court on Gun Charges


By Stephanie Tyrpak
By WSIL Staff

PINCKNEYVILLE --  A Perry County Sheriff's Dispatcher made his first court appearance on gun charges Friday. 

Nathan Kellerman was arrested early New Year's Day in Pinckneyville. He's now on administrative leave from his dispatching position. 
Kellerman faced a judge for the first time Friday morning with a bandage wrapped around his head.
Kellerman is also a Pinckneyville Community High School board member and the mayor's son. He's facing charges for felony unlawful use of weapons and misdemeanor aggravated assault. The felony carries a possible sentence of up to three years in prison and a $25,000 fine. 
Kellerman is accused of pointing a .32 caliber pistol at another man. The incident took place during the early hours of January 1st at the Eagles Lodge or Moose Lodge in Pinckneyville. The two lodges are separated by a street. 
Pinckneyville Police arrested Kellerman around 1:20 a.m. Wednesday morning. Because of his job with Perry County, he was taken to the Jackson County jail for booking. 
Kellerman's attorney, Bryan Drew, is now arguing that the unlawful use of weapons charge is unconstitutional. He points to a 2012 federal court ruling. It found that state laws banning the carrying of guns violated second amendment rights.
The next step for Kellerman is a constitutionality hearing scheduled for February 20. 
Kellerman is free on bond. He was required to hand over all of his weapons and his FOID card to the Pinckneyville Police. Kellerman also has restrictions on going to places that serve alcohol. 
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