CHARLESTON -- A man received prison time when he admitted having methamphetamine that police reportedly found after stopping the car in which he was a passenger.

Robert W. Achuff, 28, for whom court records list an address of 1508 Champaign Ave., Mattoon, pleaded guilty to a methamphetamine possession charge accusing him of having the drug in a car stopped in Mattoon on May 5.

With the agreement in his case, Achuff was sentenced to two years in prison for the conviction that could have resulted in a two- to 10-year prison term.

Achuff was eligible for twice the normal maximum prison sentence because of an earlier methamphetamine offense conviction. Prison time wasn't required, however.

Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien also ordered Achuff to pay about $1,300 in fines and court fees as part of the sentence.

The judge denied a defense request for Achuff to be released from custody temporarily and later report back to jail to await transport to prison.

O'Brien based the sentence on a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Tom Bucher and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.

Records show that Achuff pleaded guilty in 2013 to a methamphetamine precursor possession charge and was sentenced to probation.

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

  • Karla A. Ackerman, 51, whose address on record is 210 W. North St., Oakland, to a methamphetamine possession charge alleging she had the drug on Aug. 24.

Sentencing was delayed pending Ackerman's progress in Coles County's drug court program.

Drug court can lead to charges being dismissed if completed successfully. Otherwise, prison time would be required for the charge against Ackerman because of an earlier methamphetamine offense conviction.

O'Brien accepted the plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf and Assistant Public Defender Jesse Danley recommended.

  • Ian C. Conley, 37, for whom records list an address of 2450 Lincoln Highway Road, to a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license in connection with a traffic stop on Nov. 15.

A felony methamphetamine possession charge accusing Conley of having methamphetamine on the same day was dismissed.

Terms of his one-year probation sentence included payment of about $950 in fines and fees. Jail time was stayed, meaning Conley won't have to serve it if he follows his sentence's other requirements.

Wolf and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.

  • Alexander E. King, 27, whose address on record is 2417 Broadway Ave., Mattoon, to a methamphetamine possession charge alleging he had the drug on Oct. 21.

King 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 $1,600 in fines and fees.

Wolf and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.

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Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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