CHARLESTON -- A man accused of stealing and damaging several vehicles, two by setting them on fire, in Coles County last year was sentenced to prison time.

Kaden R. Dedman received a five-year prison term for those offenses as well as for leading police on a high-speed chase during the incidents on Nov. 9-11, 2016.

Dedman, 20, for whom court records show a rural Sullivan address, is also serving prison time in a Moultrie County case that charged him with stealing a vehicle in that county.

In addition to receiving the prison time in the Coles County case, he was also ordered to pay nearly $32,000 in restitution for the vehicle thefts and damages.

Records show that payments will go to the vehicle owners, insurance companies and to the Charleston Fire Department.

In Coles County, Dedman's guilty plea was to charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, arson, aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude police, and property damage.

The agreement in his case included dismissal of charges of burglary and possession of a stolen firearm that accused him of entering a truck and stealing a handgun on Nov. 9 or 10 of last year.

Misdemeanor charges alleging he stole a cellphone from a Coles County taxi service driver and didn't pay for a ride from Charleston to Mattoon were also dismissed.

In the Coles County cases, Dedman received separate prison sentences of five and three years for his various convictions but the sentences will run at the same time.

The most serious charge against him could have resulted prison sentences of three to seven years.

At one point, Dedman had been scheduled for a hearing on Monday but the case was called to court earlier this month once the plea agreement was reached.

Meanwhile, Moultrie County records show that Dedman also pleaded guilty earlier this month to a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle and was sentenced to four years, 10 months in prison.

The Moultrie County sentence will also run at the same time as his sentence from Coles County. Dedman was also ordered to pay restitution in the Moultrie County case.

According to case records, the vehicle thefts took place a few days before Dedman's arrest after he crashed into the Little Wabash River in southwest Coles County on Nov. 11, 2016.

Before the crash, he drove into Mattoon and disobeyed at least two stop signs, and the chase with police reached a speed of 92 mph after leaving the city, the case records say.

Dedman allegedly stole a pickup truck in Charleston and another in Mattoon, both on Nov. 10 of last year, and later abandoned and set fire to each in Mattoon.


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