Brandon Zanotti

State’s Attorney

Brandon Zanotti was born and raised in Southern Illinois, growing up and still residing in Johnston City, Illinois. After graduating as class Valedictorian from Johnston City High School, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. Brandon earned his Juris Doctoris degree from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.  Brandon also served in the United States Senate in Washington, D.C. as a congressional legal clerk to Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois. Following law school, Brandon was a trial attorney with one of the largest law firms in Southern Illinois, Feirich/Mager/Green Ryan in Carbondale. In 2012, Brandon was appointed by the Governor to serve as an administrative law judge over the state’s workers’ compensation cases. As a judge, Brandon heard and decided on over 150 cases. In September 2014, Brandon was chosen by long-serving State’s Attorney Charles “Chuck” Garnati to fill the remaining two years of his term. Since that time, Brandon has continued many of the successful traditions started by Mr. Garnati, including running one of the best “bad checks” programs in the state, but also started the office in new directions as well, such as building better relationships with law enforcement by holding regular meetings and seminars with countywide police officers to discuss updates in the law and new criminal behavior trends. Brandon takes an active role in managing a legal staff of eight attorneys, and a support staff made up of Laborers’ Local 773 members. In addition to overseeing and managing all criminal cases in the county, Brandon personally prosecutes all of the murder cases, as well as takes an active trial role in kidnapping, child abuse, and embezzlement cases. Brandon resides in rural Johnston City with his wife Katie.

Jerri Adams

Assistant State’s Attorney

Jerri Adams is currently assigned to the arson and drug cases.  She has been with the Williamson County State’s Attorney’s Office since 1995.  She is a graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Law and Ball State University.

Mandy Combs

Assistant State's Attorney

Mandy Combs is currently assigned to traffic, felony traffic, ordinance violations, and un-assigned felonies. Combs, a Southern Illinois native, joined the Williamson County Stat’es Attorney’s Office in November of 2009.

Andrew Wilson

Assistant State’s Attorney

Andrew Wilson, a Marion native, joined the Williamson County State’s Attorney’s Office in December of 2016. Mr. Wilson’s areas of prosecution are Domestic Violence, Battery, Assault, Violation of Order of Protection, Violation of No Stalking Order, Endangerment of a Child and all other cases that are domestic related.

Wendy Cunningham

Assistant State’s Attorney

Wendy Cunningham has been practicing law since 2006. Ms. Cunningham has been an assistant with the Williamson County State’s Attorney’s Office since 2012. Mrs. Cunningham is in charge of the civil end of the office including giving legal advice to all elected county officials, attending all County Board meetings, and handling all civil cases that go through the State’s Attorney’s Office.  Wendy is the State’s Attorney’s Office certified Freedom of Information Act Officer. She also handles all post-conviction petitions.

John Currie

Assistant State’s Attorney

John Currie has been a prosecutor with the Williamson County State’s Attorney’s Office for 27 years.  He currently prosecutes in the traffic division.

Sean de Mello

Assistant State’s Attorney

Sean de Mello graduated SIU School of Law 1992. Mr. de Mello started work at State’s Attorney Office April 1993 as an assistant states attorney assigned to the traffic docket. Two years later took over the domestic violence division and handled all misdemeanor cases within the county. In 2002 took over a number of Felony cases. He has also 1st chaired and 2nd chaired murder trials.

Lisa Hutchens Irvin

Assistant State’s Attorney

Lisa Irvin started in April 1987 with the Williamson County States Attorneys Office under Charles R. Garnati. Ms. Irvin’s current docket includes all of juvenile court, and the following in felony court:  murder/homicide, all sexual assaults, unlawful restraints and intimidation cases.

Becky Ray

Assistant State’s Attorney

Becky Ray joined the Williamson County State’s Attorney’s Office in March 2005. Ms. Ray handles property crime felonies and misdemeanors, misdemeanor drug and weapons offenses, and extraditions. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in 1990. Ms. Ray graduated with her Juris Doctor in 2004 from Lesar Law School at Southern Illinois University—Carbondale, where she was a member of the Southern Illinois Law Journal and Moot Court—Trial Team.

General Information:

200 W. Jefferson
Marion, IL 62959

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00AM - 12:00PM
1:00PM - 4:00PM

Contact Information
Telephone: (618) 998-2229
Fax: (618) 993-5805

Weekly Schedule

Criminal court
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Courtroom 6 in the morning and 7 in the afternoon

Traffic court
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Courtroom 6

Juvenile Court in the afternoon

Jury Trials begin

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Courtroom 6

Misdemeanor court
Courtroom 6
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Juvenile court
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

1st Friday of the month
Traffic Final Pretrial
Courtroom 6

2nd Friday of the month
Misdemeanor Final Pretrial
Courtroom 6

Last Wednesday of the month
Bench trial day

Petitions to revoke probation for criminal cases
Courtroom 7

First appearances for persons in jail are daily at 10:30 daily (or after already scheduled court cases)

* subject to change