CHARLESTON -- A Humboldt man is now serving prison time for methamphetamine offense convictions in two counties.

Most recently, Joshua A. Martin Jr., 32, for whom records list an address of 412 Locust St., Apt. 2, pleaded guilty to a Coles County methamphetamine possession charge that accused him of having the drug on April 11.

With the agreement reached in his case, Martin was sentenced to prison for two years for the conviction that could have resulted in a two- to five-year prison term. Prison time wasn't required, however.

Also with the agreement, the Coles County sentence will run at the same time as the one he received in Crawford County.

In that case, Martin pleaded guilty in September to a methamphetamine possession charge that alleged he had the drug there in June. He was sentenced to three years in prison and weapons charges were dismissed.

In Coles County, Martin also received a record of unsuccessfully completing the probation sentence he received in 2016 for an aggravated battery conviction.

Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien also included payment of just more than $1,500 in fines and court fees in Martin's Coles County sentence. The judge accepted a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.

In other Coles County drug cases in court recently, O'Brien also accepted guilty pleas from:

  • William R. Britt, 34, whose address on record is 2813 Commercial Ave., Mattoon, to a charge of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with a traffic stop on Aug. 31.

The charge was a felony because Britt's license was revoked at the time. A charge accusing him of having a prescription medication was dismissed and he was placed on probation for two years.

He also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor DUI which reportedly occurred on April 8 and resulted in a supervision sentence.

A substance abuse evaluation and DUI treatment were ordered and the sentences' requirements also included payment of about $2,000 in fines and court fees. Jail time was stayed, meaning Britt won't have to serve it if he follows his other requirements.

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

  • Scott A. Williams, 39, for whom records list an address of 101 Windermere, Mattoon, to charges of methamphetamine possession and domestic battery.

Williams was accused of having the drug on May 15, when he also reportedly pushed a woman to the ground and against a building. The domestic battery charge was a felony because he has a prior conviction for the offense.

For each charge, Williams was sentenced to two years of probation. For the methamphetamine offense, it was first offender probation, so he won't have a record of a conviction for that offense if he completes the sentence successfully.

Probation terms included a substance abuse evaluation and domestic violence counseling, about $2,500 in fines and fees, and stayed jail time.

Wolf and defense attorney Todd Reardon recommended the plea agreement.

  • Joshua C. Neff, 29, whose address on record is 2421 Shelby Ave., Mattoon, to misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident stemming from a traffic incident on June 29.

Felony charges alleging Neff had bath salts he planned to sell and a counterfeit $100 on Sept. 26, 2016, were dismissed. He was placed on probation for two years for the DUI and received a concurrent sentence of conditional discharge for the traffic offense.

Wolf and defense attorney Heath Uppencamp recommended the plea agreement.


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