Drug offense adds to Mattoon man’s sentence

2009-02-11T00:00:00Z Drug offense adds to Mattoon man’s sentenceBy DAVE FOPAY, Staff Writer
dfopay@jg-tc.com
JG-TC.com

CHARLESTON — A Mattoon man serving prison time for a Champaign County drug conviction had three years added to his sentence when he admitted to a Coles County drug offense.

William H. Groves, 49, whose most recent local address on record was on Piatt Avenue in Mattoon, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine manufacturing chemicals. He entered the plea to a charge that accused him of having cold medicine with pseudoephedrine to use to make the drug on Oct. 30, 2003.

Other charges including manufacture of a controlled substance that would have required a prison sentence of at least 15 years were dismissed. Groves was sentenced to three years in prison, and that sentence won’t begin until he’s finished serving a 15-year prison term for a Champaign County methamphetamine conviction.

Other charges were also dismissed with the agreement in his case. Groves was also accused of burglarizing the Friendly Inn in Ashmore in November 2002 and of driving with a revoked license and having methamphetamine in January 2004.

Circuit Judge Mitchell Shick recommended Groves for a prison system drug treatment program. The judge accepted a plea agreement that Assistant State’s Attorney Mick McAvoy and defense attorney Jeannine Garrett recommended.

In other cases in court recently, guilty pleas were also entered by:

n Tami D. Hoult, 42, of Arlington, Texas, to a charge of possession of cannabis with intent to deliver alleging she and her son had marijuana they planned to sell when they were in Charleston on Aug. 16.

Records in Hoult’s case indicated that she and Joseph W. Hoult, 22, also of Arlington Texas but formerly of Casey, were found with the drugs at Worthington Inn in Charleston. She accompanied her son to Charleston so he could appear in court in a Coles County trespassing case, the records say.

Tami Hoult was placed on conditional discharge, supervision with fewer restrictions than probation. Terms included a $2,000 fine to equal the street value of the drugs along with $1,600 in additional fines and 10 days in jail. More jail time was stayed, meaning she won’t have to serve it if she follows requirements.

Joseph Hoult is also charged with possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and his next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 24. In his mother’s case, Shick accepted a plea agreement that McAvoy and Public Defender Lonnie Lutz recommended.

n Wade A. Callaway, 19, of Hutsonville to a misdemeanor property damage charge alleging he damaged a door of an apartment at Eastern Illinois University’s University Court on Nov. 13.

A felony charge of damage to government-supported property was dismissed, and terms of Callaway’s one-year probation sentence included no contact with the apartment’s resident, $600 in fines and restitution and stayed jail time. Circuit Judge Teresa Righter accepted a plea agreement that Assistant State’s Attorney Eric Neumann and defense attorney Mark Karpus recommended.

n Blake W. McWhorter, 19, 1217 Piatt Ave., Mattoon, to a theft charge accusing him of stealing a DVD from the Mattoon Wal-Mart on Jan. 20.

The offense that’s normally a misdemeanor was filed a a felony because McWhorter has a prior theft conviction, and terms of his two-year probation sentence included about three weeks in jail. Righter accepted a plea agreement that McAvoy and Lutz recommended.

n Deborah L. Smith, 51, of Casey, formerly of Mattoon, to a charge of possession of a controlled substance alleging she had cocaine on July 10. Smith was placed on probation for two years with terms including an evaluation for substance abuse treatment, $1,200 in fines and stayed jail time. Shick accepted a plea agreement that McAvoy and Lutz recommended.

Contact Dave Fopay at dfopay@jg-tc.com or 238-6858.

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