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Crystal is a lifelong resident of Madison County. She was raised in Alhambra and graduated from Highland High School. Crystal attended Southeast Missouri State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with concentrations in criminology, criminal justice and political science. After graduating College, she attended law school at Saint Louis University School of Law, where she was an Editor for the Saint Louis University School of Law Public Law Review.
Crystal has worked in the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office for over fifteen years, beginning as a college intern. Crystal worked her way up through the office, becoming a supervisor for the misdemeanor and traffic division, Chief of the entire Criminal Division and most recently being named as the First Assistant State’s Attorney. Crystal now supervises the 37 attorneys in the Office and oversees the Violent Crimes Division, the Children’s Justice Division as well as the State’s Attorney’s participation in the Madison County Veteran’s Court, Mental Health Court, Drug Court and the Domestic Violence Accountability Court.
As a member of the Violent Crimes Division, Crystal has tried hundreds of criminal cases and has obtained convictions in dozens of First Degree Murder, Attempt First Degree Murder, Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault, Home Invasion, Armed Robbery and other homicide related cases. She received certification in the areas of Gang Homicide Investigation and Gang Prosecution by the National Gang Crime Research Center. In recognition of her hard work and dedication, Crystal was named the 2019 Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis Prosecutor of the Year.
Crystal is a member of the Madison County Bar Association and the Illinois Prosecutor’s Bar Association. She is an instructor for the Southern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission (SILEC) and an adjunct professor for Lewis and Clark School of Criminal Justice. She has previously served as a board member for the Phoenix Crisis Center in Granite City and is a current member for Senior Services Plus in Alton, Illinois and the Madison County Child Advocacy’s (CAC) Advisory and Friends Boards of Directors.