Hawkins gets 20 years for Class X felony conviction

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A Paris resident will be spending many years in prison for violating one of the most serious felony drug laws in Illinois.

Owen D. Hawkins, 36, Paris, was sentenced Nov. 14 on a Class X felony possession of more than 100 grams but less than 400 grams of methamphetamine and a Class 3 felony possession of ammunition by a convicted felon convictions.

For the Class X felony conviction, he was sentenced to 20 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with credit for 194 days previously served with good conduct credit to apply, a $1,000 fine, court costs and various state fees.

For the Class 3 felony, Hawkins was sentenced to five years in the IDOC to be served concurrently and a $500 fine. He was ordered to live in Brazil, Ind., and report to the Edgar County Sheriff’s Department to begin his sentences at 9 a.m. Nov. 22.

Other individuals appearing before the bench in Edgar County Circuit Court for the Nov. 18 and Nov. 21 traffic and felony court calls included:

In Custody

-Tyson W. Ducharme, 34, Vermilion, appeared in custody and asked the court to dismiss his public defender. He told the court he intends to hire an attorney to represent him for his unresolved Class 1 felony residential burglary, a Class 3 felony threatening a public official, a Class 2 felony possession of a stolen title, a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine, Class 4 felony domestic battery with prior convictions, two counts of a Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor aggravated assault, a Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound and a Class B misdemeanor criminal trespassing. The court ruled the public defender will remain as his attorney until he has successfully hired a private attorney and the matter was continued for a pretrial conference. Ducharme was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Marcus J. Harris, 35, Chrisman, appeared in custody and was charged with a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery. The public defender was appointed and he pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand. The court granted him a personal recognizance bond, but he remained in custody on a DOC parole hold. Harris was remanded to custody pending the parole hold.

-John Cody Hollingsworth, 27, Paris, appeared in custody. His unresolved petition to revoke his probation sentence for a Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance conviction and his unresolved charges of a Class 4 felony aggravated driving under the influence of drugs and a Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs charges were continued for a pretrial conference.

In another matter, Hollingsworth was granted a bond reduction to $9,000 from the original $12,000 for an unresolved case with a Class 2 felony aggravated domestic battery and a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery charges. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Joseph U. Johnson, 44, Paris, appeared in custody and was charged with a Class 1 felony residential burglary, a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine and a Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance. The public defender was assigned to the case, and the matter was continued for the preliminary hearing. Bond was set at $25,000 and he was ordered to have no contact with the apparent victim or the victim’s residence. Johnson was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Courtney J. Mills, 25, Charleston, appeared in custody and was presented with a petition to revoke her probation sentences for a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine conviction and a Class 2 felony possession of a controlled substance conviction. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a pretrial conference. Three days later Mills appeared in custody and admitted the petitions. The matter was continued for a sentencing hearing. Mills was released on a personal recognizance bond.

-Joshua D. Means, 26, Metcalf, appeared in custody and was granted a bond reduction to $3,000 from the original bond of $5,000. His unresolved Class 4 felony criminal damage to property and a Class A misdemeanor criminal trespassing charges were continued for a pretrial conference. Means was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Anthony R. Rauch, 30, Terre Haute, Ind., appeared in custody and was charged with two counts of a Class 4 felony domestic battery and a Class A misdemeanor aggravated assault. The public defender was assigned and bond was set at $10,000. Rauch was ordered to have no contact with the apparent victim or the victim’s residence. The matter was continued for the preliminary hearing. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Blake B. Sawyer, 32, Paris, appeared in custody and was charged with a Class A misdemeanor driving on a revoked license. The public defender was appointed and bond was set at $2,500. The matter was continued for a first appearance and Sawyer was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-David Troxel, 36, Paris, appeared in custody. The pretrial conference on the petition to revoke his probation sentences for two counts of a Class 2 felony aggravated domestic battery charges was continued. His unresolved two counts each of a Class 1 felony methamphetamine manufacturing, a Class 2 felony possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material, a Class 2 felony unlawful disposal of methamphetamine waste, a Class 3 felony aggravated battery and a Class 3 felony aggravated battery were also continued. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Charles G. Wells, 20, Paris, appeared in custody. He was presented with a petition to revoke his conditional discharge sentence for a Class A misdemeanor theft conviction. The public defender was appointed to defend Wells on the petition as well as a Class C misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge. A first appearance with counsel was scheduled, and he was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Tiffany M. Wilson, 29, Paris, appeared in custody. She was charged with a Class A misdemeanor retail theft. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel. Her oral motion for personal recognizance bond was denied and she was remanded to custody. Wilson appeared in court three days later and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand. She was granted a personal recognizance bond at that time and the matter was continued for a pretrial conference. Wilson was remanded to custody pending release processing.

Charges

-Connie S. Alley, 49, Metcalf, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol, a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license and a Class B misdemeanor speeding. She told the court she will hire an attorney and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

-Dallas D. Deweese, 50, Paris, was presented with a petition to revoke his probation sentences for a Class 3 felony possession of controlled substance and a Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance convictions. The public defender was appointed and Deweese denied the petition. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Frankie L. Deweese, 50, West Terre Haute, Ind., was charged with a Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol. He told the court he will hire an attorney. The matter was continued for a first appearance with his private attorney.

-Seth B. Edwards, 30, Paris, was charged and pleaded guilty to a Class B misdemeanor criminal trespassing. He was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge, a $300 fine, court costs and various state fees. He was ordered to have no contact with the apparent victim’s property.

-Paul E. Gilbert, 38, Paris, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license charge. The public defender was appointed and Gilbert pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Paul S. Strange, 47, Paris, was presented with a petition to revoke his court supervision sentence for a Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound conviction. The public defender was appointed and Strange denied the petition. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Karlie R. Timmerman, 26, Paris, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery and a Class A misdemeanor resisting a police officer. The public defender got the case, and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

-Dustin Levi Woltman, 28, Paris, was charged with a Class 2 felony possession of methamphetamine, a Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and a Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for the preliminary hearing.

Guilty pleas

-Megan C. Cusick, 24, Paris, entered a negotiated guilty plea to a Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance charge and was sentenced to 120 days in jail with credit for one day previously served with 60 days to be served as electronic home confinement and work release allowed, two years first-offender probation, a $500 fine, restitution of $90.45, court costs and various state fees. In exchange for the plea agreement, the state dismissed a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine, a Class 4 felony theft, a Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and a Class A misdemeanor retail theft charges.

In another matter, Cusick pleaded guilty to a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine. She was sentenced to 120 days in jail with 90 days to be served as electronic home monitoring with credit for 17 days previously served and the remaining 30 days in jail are subject to the court’s discretion, two years of first offender probation to be served concurrently with her previous conviction, a $500 fine, court costs, various state fees and orders to complete counseling per an evaluation and to forfeit all items seized at the time of her arrest.

-Jeffrey Edwards, 19, Brocton, pleaded guilty to a Class 2 felony burglary charge. He was sentenced to 120 days with credit for three days previously served with good conduct credit to apply and the remaining 114 are subject to the court’s discretion, two years of second-chance probation, 30 hours of community service work, a $500 fine, court costs and orders to seek and maintain employment and obtain a GED.

In another matter, Edwards pleaded guilty to Class A misdemeanor theft charge. He was sentenced to eight days in jail with credit for four days previously served, one year of conditional discharge, a $300 fine, court costs, various state fees. He was ordered to have no contact with Wal-Mart.

-Thomas A. Hale, 21, Paris, entered a negotiated guilty plea to a Class 2 felony burglary charge and was sentenced to 150 days in jail with credit for two day previously served with the remaining 148 days to be served as electronic home monitoring with work release, two years of probation, a $500 fine, $69.96 restitution, court costs and various state fees. In exchange for his plea, the state dismissed a Class A misdemeanor criminal damage to property charge.

-Shawn Laufman, 46, Paris, entered a negotiated guilty plea agreement to a Class A misdemeanor violating an order of protection and was sentenced to four days in jail with credit for two days previously served with good conduct credit to apply, 18 months of conditional discharge, a $300 fine, court costs and various state fees. In exchange for the guilty plea, the state dismissed a Class 4 felony violating an order of protection charge.

-Sabrina M. Pearson, 33, West Union, admitted a petition to revoke her conditional discharge sentence for a Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia conviction. She was resentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay all prior financial obligation and obtain counseling per an evaluation. She must also abstain from associating with all persons put into writing by probation.

Not guilty pleas

-Kylee J. Beaven, 32, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license and a Class A misdemeanor obstruction of justice charges. A pretrial conference was scheduled.

-Nicky Bocook, 55, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class C misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge. She told the court she is still hiring an attorney and the matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Clifford W. Cunningham, 56, Paris, waived the preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 2 felony violating the sex offender registry charge. A pretrial conference was scheduled.

nKeith A. Gosnell, 34, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand following the preliminary hearing to a Class 2 felony burglary, a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine, a Class A misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic syringe and a Class B misdemeanor criminal trespassing charges. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Stephanie L. Hovis, 32, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to two counts of a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license charge. A pretrial conference was scheduled.

-Derek V. Howard, 35, Brocton, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license charge. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-George S. Potter, 30, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand following the preliminary hearing to a Class 2 felony unlawful possession of a controlled substance and a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license charges. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Jeanna M. Ramey, 38, Paris, denied a petition to revoke her conditional discharge sentence for a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license conviction. A pretrial conference was scheduled.

Warrants

Warrants were issued and prepared when the following individuals failed to answer the court call: Christina D. Bell, 44, Hume; Cecilia H. Escobedo, no age provided, Paris; Raquel L. Evard, 31, Paris; Tiffany L. Farrell, 29, Paris; Sonya L. Fiscus, 35, Marshall; Spencer E. Haley, 29, Paris; Travis W. Johnson, 38, Paris; Melinda M. Labaume, 42, Paris; Alec R. Mockbee, 21, Danville; Zachary J. Mulkins, 25, Martinsville; and Eric E. Vice, 37, Paris.