Centralia Man Waives Right to Jury, Chose Judge Instead

The man who is accused of shooting at police last summer, has waived his right to a trial by a jury, and instead will be having a judge make his decision on the case.  42-year-old Nathan Johnson of Centralia was scheduled for a final pretrial hearing on Friday, but instead requested for a bench trial over a jury trial, set for February 18th.  Johnson is accused of taking police in Du Quoin on a pursuit, that went through Perry County and into Washington County in August 2018, where he fired multiple shots at officers.  The pursuit ended in rural Centralia, at Johnson’s home, along Irvington Road, where he continued firing at police.  Johnson was charged with a half-dozen Class X felonies in Washington and Perry counties, with each one of those being punishable by between 20 and 60 years in prison.  He is in jail on a combined $6-million bail, with $1-million in Washington County and $5-million in Perry County.