CHARLESTON -- A man received a prison sentence for his conviction for at least his sixth methamphetamine offense conviction.
The earlier convictions meant prison time was required for Jason W. Eaton, who pleaded guilty to a methamphetamine delivery charge and was sentenced to an eight-year prison term.
Eaton, 51, for whom court records list an address of 14118 Main St., Cooks Mills, was accused of selling or distributing methamphetamine on Oct. 24, 2016.
A first conviction for the offense can result in a prison sentence of three to seven years with probation as an option. However, a prison term of six to 30 years was required for Eaton.
The sentence also included payment of about $1,700 in fines and court fees.
The prosecution agreed to not seek revocation of the probation sentence Eaton received for a 2016 methamphetamine possession conviction.
That meant he didn't face resentencing and the possibility of more prison time in that case but he did receive a record of unsuccessfully completing the probation.
Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien sentenced Eaton based on the terms of a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf and Assistant Public Defender Jesse Danley recommended.
Court records show Eaton's first Coles County methamphetamine offense conviction was in 2003 and he has four other prior convictions.
In other drug cases in court recently, O'Brien also accepted guilty pleas from:
- Elijah Burch, 46, whose address on record is 16505 E. County Road 420N, Charleston, to a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.
Burch was accused of having the drug on Aug. 27 with plans to sell or otherwise distribute it.
He was sentenced to four years in prison, the minimum prison term for the conviction, which could have brought a sentence of up to 15 years. Prison time wasn't required, however.
O'Brien accepted a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Tom Bucher and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.
- Richard N. Curry, 36, for whom records show a Neoga address, formerly of Mattoon, to a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.
Curry was accused of having the drug planned for distribution on Nov. 4, 2016. His bond was modified to include a requirement for Coles County's drug court program and his sentencing was postponed pending his progress.
Successful completion of drug court can lead to dismissal of charges. A prison sentence of six to 30 years would be required otherwise, based on Curry's record.
Wolf and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.
- Racheal M.L. Harris, 28, whose address on record is 2601 Pine Ave., Mattoon, to a methamphetamine possession charge alleging she had the drug on Dec. 25.
A charge accusing Harris of also having a prescription medication was dismissed. She was sentenced to 2 1/2 years of first offender probation, which can result in no record of a conviction if completed successfully.
Terms of the sentence included a substance abuse treatment evaluation, about $1,800 in fines and fees, and stayed jail time. State's Attorney Brian Bower and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.
- Larry D. Lang, 65, for whom records list an address of 1820 B St., Charleston, to a methamphetamine possession charge alleging he had the drug on Jan. 1.
Terms of Lang's two-year probation sentence included a treatment evaluation, about $1,500 in fines and fees and stayed jail time. Wolf and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.