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Man sentenced to prison in cocaine case
URBANA A Champaign man who admitted having cocaine intended for sale has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Judge Heidi Ladd also ordered Leonard Mann, 23, whose last known address w Oakley Outlet as in the 800 block of North Prairie Street, to pay fines of about $2,055.
Mann pleaded guilty in October to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, admitting that on Feb. 23 he had about a half ounce of cocaine in an apartment on North Neil Street.
Urbana police did a court ordered search of the residence, where they found the cocaine in 57 bags, a loaded revolver on the floor, and two children under the age of 2 in the apartment.
Court records show Mann had prior convictions for possession of cannabis and was on probation for possession with intent to deliver cocaine at the time of his arrest.
In other Champaign County court cases resolved recently by guilty pleas or sentences imposed by judges:
Thejuan Merrifield, 41, whose last known address was in the 2000 block of Philo Road, Urbana, was sentenced to six years in prison for domestic battery with a prior domestic battery conviction.
Judge Tom Difanis imposed the sentence after a jury convicted Merrifield in October of hitting and kicking a woman in her Urbana apartment on July 26.
Assistant State’s Attorney Stephanie Weber said testimony was that Merrifield was intoxicated when he showed up. The two argued, he threw her to the floor and hit her in the face, breaking her glasses. As he was leaving, he picked her up and threw her down again, kicking her in the head, Weber said.
Court records show Merrifield had several prior convictions for domestic battery, transportation of alcohol, resisting a peace officer and aggravated battery. Those convictions made him eligible for an extended term. Six years was the maximum he could have received.
Matthew Mayfield, 34, whose last kno Oakley Outlet wn address was in the 2100 block of Seaton Court, Champaign, was resentenced by Judge Harry Clem to six years in prison for burglary. He initially received four years of probation and drug treatment after pleading guilty in August 2010 to breaking into a car in Champaign in March 2009.
He admitted he violated his probation by failing to report to his probation officer and by being kicked out of drug treatment.
Difanis resentenced Stephen Turner, 55, of Monticello, to 3 1/2 years in prison for possession of a stolen vehicle, a crime he pleaded guilty to in 2002. Court records indicate he twice received probation. In October, he admitted that he failed to report to probation for several months in 2008 and 2009.
Court records indicate Turner had a federal drug related conviction.
Ladd resentenced Aarion Lewis, 23, of the 700 block of East Embassy Row, Rantoul, to six years in prison for obstructing justice. Lewis had been sentenced to probation in August 2010 for the 2009 crime but admitted that he violated his probation by using drugs and alcohol and failing to get substance abuse treatment.
Court records show he had two prior drug related convictions.
Joshua Weeks, 17, of Bondville, was sentenced to a year of probation after pleading guilty to intimidation. He admitted that on Nov. 3, he threatened to hurt a Champaign man who had recently sold him a car that wa Oakley Outlet s in need Oakley Outlet of repair.
A more serious charge of attempted robbery was dismissed. Weeks was also ordered to have no contact with the victim.
Andrew Adams, 18, who listed an address in the 2600 block of Brownfield Road, Urbana, was sentenced to a year of probation after pleading guilty to felony theft.
He admitted that on Oct. 8 he stole two cellphones and a iPod from a home in the 1200 block of South Lynn Street in Urbana.
A more serious charge of residential burglary was dismissed.
Joseph L. Hart, 23, who listed addresses on West Springfield Avenue in Champaign and Olympian Road in Urbana was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for violation of an order of protection.
He admitted that on Aug. 23, he came within 250 feet of a Champaign woman who had obtained an order of protection against him. We welcome you to contribute your ideas, opinions and comments, but we ask that you avoid personal attacks, vulgarity and hate speech. We reserve the right to remove any comment at our discretion, and we will block repeat offenders’ accounts. To post comments, you must first be a registered user, and your username will appear with any comment you post. Happy posting.