Straw sentenced to prison

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A Paris man is going to prison for felony drug convictions.

Charles F. Straw, 41, Paris, appeared in custody Dec. 13 and entered a negotiated guilty plea to a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine charge. He was sentenced to two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with credit for 64 days previously served, a $500 fine, court costs and various state fees.

In another matter, Straw admitted a petition to revoke his probation sentence for a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine conviction and a Class A misdemeanor resisting a police officer conviction. He was sentenced to a concurrent term of two years in prison in that case and ordered to pay all previous financial obligations.

The start of the prison time was delayed until Dec. 27.

In exchange for the plea, the state dismissed a Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charge.

Straw’s history of drug offenses dates back to 2004 when he was convicted of a Class 4 felony tampering with anhydrous ammonia equipment.

Other individuals appearing before the bench for the criminal and traffic call included:

In Custody

-Candace L. Bell, 39, Paris, appeared in custody and admitted a petition to revoke her probation sentence for a Class 2 felony delivery of methamphetamine conviction. A presentencing investigation was ordered. The matter was continued for the sentencing hearing.

In another matter, Bell’s unresolved Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance and a Class A misdemeanor retail theft charges were continued for a pretrial conference. She was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Jamacia Nicole Kennedy, 31, Danville, appeared in custody for missing a previous court appearance. Her unresolved Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine charge was continued for a pretrial conference. Kennedy was granted a personal recognizance bond and was remanded to custody pending release processing.

-Johnny G. Oaks, 39, West Terre Haute, Ind., appeared in custody for missing a previous court appearance. He admitted a petition to revoke his probation sentence for a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine conviction. He was granted a personal recognizance bond and the matter was continued for the sentencing hearing. Oaks was remanded to custody pending release processing.

-Justin D. Robison, 30, Kansas, appeared in custody and entered a not guilty plea with a jury trial demand to a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine and a Class A misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic syringe charges. Bond was reduced to $4,000 from the original bond of $5,000.

In another matter, Robison was presented with and denied a petition to revoke his conditional discharge sentence for a Class 2 felony burglary conviction. The public defender was appointed and Robison was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-William C. Swinford, 36, Michigan City, Ind., appeared in custody and admitted a petition to revoke his probation sentence for a Class 4 felony aggravated driving while license revoked conviction. A presentence investigation was ordered. He was granted a personal recognizance bond and the sentencing hearing was scheduled. Swinford was remanded to custody pending release processing.

Charges

-Cera J. Waltz, 21, Chrisman, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor speeding. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

Guilty pleas

-Taylor M. Donovan, 21, Paris, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license charge. She was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge, court costs and various state fees.

-Jared R. Ford, 32, Paris, admitted a petition to revoke his conditional discharge sentence for a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license conviction. He was resentenced to 60 days in jail subject to a motion to vacate, one year of conditional discharge and ordered to pay all previous financial obligations.

nJudith M. Heneghan-Fletcher, 57, Paris, entered a negotiated guilty plea to a Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol. She was sentenced to seven days in jail with credit for two days previously served and the balance of time subject to a motion to vacate, two years of conditional discharge, 240 hours of community service work, a $1,250 fine, a $1,000 DUI equipment fee, court costs and various state fees. She must also complete counseling per an evaluation.

In exchange for the plea, the state dismissed a second DUI charge.

-Daniel L. Littleton, 50, Paris, pleaded guilty to a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine. He was sentenced to 150 days in jail with 75 starting Dec. 26 and the remaining 75 days subject to a motion to vacate, two years of probation, a $500 fine, court costs and various state fees. He was ordered to complete any recommended counseling.

In another matter, Littleton pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license charge and was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge to run concurrently with the first sentence, a $300 fine, court costs and various state fees. A separate Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license charge was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Richard A. Marietta, 27, Paris, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor theft charge. He was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge, a $300 fine, restitution of $20, court costs and various state fees. He was additionally ordered to have no contact with Circle K.

nPedro L. Victorico, 35, Paris, pleaded guilty to a Class B misdemeanor no license charge. He was sentenced to a $200 fine, court costs and various state fees.

-Ronnie L. West, 47, Hume, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license charge. He was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge, a $300 fine, court costs and various state fees.

Not guilty pleas

-Jeremiah T.A. Boswell, 23, Marshall, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 4 felony false 911 call charge. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Ronald L. Butts, 42, Paris, waived the preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine and a Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charges. A pretrial conference was scheduled.

-James W. Kindred, 24, Paris, waived the preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine charge. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Michael A. Swinford, 40, Hindsboro, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol charge. He told the court he is still hiring an attorney and a pretrial conference was scheduled.

-Jill A. Thompson, 55, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class B misdemeanor speeding charge. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

Other matters

-Crystal M. Lenhart, 32, Paris, failed to appear in court for a motion to vacate jail time attached to her Class 4 felony obstruction of justice conviction and her conditional discharge sentence for a Class A misdemeanor retail theft conviction. The court imposed a 20-day jail sentence and issued a no-bond warrant for her arrest.

-Patrick M. Thompson, 53, Kansas, learned the state withdrew a petition to revoke his probation sentence for a Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance conviction. His probation was terminated and the case was closed.

Warrants

Warrants were ordered when the following individuals failed to answer the court call: Cody D. Craig, 32, Paris; Patrick B. Milano, 23, Terre Haute, Ind.; and Mary Jo Tatum, 46, Johnston City.