CHARLESTON -- A reported theft from his landlord also led to drug charges against a man, who admitted to both crimes.

Troy A. Langston, 53, for whom court records list various addresses, pleaded guilty to methamphetamine possession and theft charges.

Records in his case indicate that the owner of a rural Charleston residence told police she suspected that Langston stole tools and other items from her while he was her tenant.

Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were then found in Langston's possession when he was located and arrested for the theft on Feb. 16, the records say.

With the agreement reached in his case, he was placed on probation for two years for both offenses.

Terms of his sentence included payment of just more than $2,700 in restitution for the stolen items. An evaluation for substance abuse treatment was also ordered and Langston will be required to follow its recommendations.

Probation terms also included about $1,600 in fines and court fees. Jail time was stayed, meaning Langston won't have to serve it if he follows his sentence's other requirements.

Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien sentenced Langston by accepting the terms of a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.

In other cases in court before O'Brien recently:

  • A domestic battery charge against Tim D. Burke, whose address on record is 947 First St., Charleston, was dismissed.

Burke was accused of hitting a woman on June 4 and the charge was a felony because he has a prior conviction for the offense.

In his motion asking that the charge be dismissed, Assistant State's Attorney Rob Scales said the woman didn't want to testify in court and refused to cooperate in preparing the case. The motion described the woman as the "sole witness."

O'Brien granted the motion to dismiss the charge. Ortega represented Burke.

  • Elizabeth C. Herring, 36, for whom records list addresses on North 23rd Street in Mattoon and in Neoga, pleaded guilty to a burglary charge alleging she had a role in the break-in of a vehicle in the Mattoon Police Department impound lot on July 8.

Herring was placed on probation for two years with terms including a substance abuse treatment evaluation, about $850 in fines and fees and stayed jail time.

O'Brien accepted a plea agreement that Scales and Ortega recommended.

  • Melissa S. White, 38, who listed "homeless" in Mattoon as an address, pleaded guilty to a methamphetamine possession charge alleging she had the drug on Aug. 26.

White was sentenced to two years of first offender probation, which allows for no record of a conviction if completed successfully. Terms included a substance abuse treatment evaluation and about $600 in fines and fees.

Wolf and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.

  • Russell W. Foerster, 25, whose address on record is in Edwardsville, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of a controlled substance alleging he had a prescription medication on July 11.

Case records indicate the medication was found in Foerster's vehicle at a police safety checkpoint stop on Illinois Route 16 near Mattoon.

Terms of his one-year first offender probation sentence included a treatment evaluation and about $1,500 in fines and fees. State's Attorney Brian Bower and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.

  • Asiajona L. Terry, 21, for whom records list addresses of an apartment on Ninth Street in Charleston and in Sauk Village, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor reckless conduct charge alleging he cut a woman with knife on Nov. 20, 2015.

A felony aggravated battery charge was dismissed and Terry was ordered to spend 10 days in jail starting Oct. 9 and pay about $900 in fines and fees. 

Assistant State's Attorney Tom Bucher and defense attorney Rodger Clark recommended the plea agreement.


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