CHARLESTON -- A man could avoid a conviction for a burglary offense that requires prison time based on his performance in Coles County's drug court program.

Jordan S. Hays pleaded guilty to a residential burglary charge that accused him of entering a Charleston home on Oct. 10 to steal from the residence.

Hays, 34, for whom court records list an address of 1022 W. Polk Ave., Charleston, was ordered into the drug court program and his sentencing was delayed pending his progress.

A conviction for residential burglary requires a prison sentence of four to 15 years without probation or other supervision possible.

However, with the agreement in Hays' case, participation in drug court was added to his bond conditions.

If Hays completes the program, the case could be dismissed without his being sentenced for his guilty plea. If he doesn't complete the program, he'd face regular sentencing possibilities for the conviction.

Drug court requires frequent court appearances and other monitoring along with treatment and other requirements to try to end an addiction and a participant's criminal behavior.

Coles County Circuit Judge agreed to order the drug court program for Hays based on recommendations from Assistant State's Attorney Rob Scales and Public Defender Anthony Ortega.

Records in Hays' case indicate that the residents of the home on McComb Street in Charleston discovered unauthorized uses of their credit cards and that checks and a car key fob were missing from the residence.

They told police they knew Hays and suspected him because of a methamphetamine addiction, and Hays admitted to the burglary after he was located and questioned, the records say.


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