CHARLESTON -- A man was sentenced to prison when he pleaded guilty to a charge accusing him of having methamphetamine he planned to sell.
Tracy D. Schmitt, 51, for whom court records list an address of 920 N. 16th St., Mattoon, entered the plea to a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.
Methamphetamine was found in Schmitt's possession during a traffic stop on July 15 and also located at his residence during a search that followed, according to records in his case.
With the agreement reached in his case, he received a six-year prison sentence. That was the minimum prison term possible for the conviction that carried a maximum sentence of 30 years.
Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien included payment of about $3,500 in fines and court fees in the sentence, which the judge based on a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.
Records show that Schmitt has two prior Coles County methamphetamine offense convictions for which he served prison time.
In other cases in court recently, guilty pleas were also entered by:
- Larry Graham, 66, for whom records show addresses on 10th Street in Mattoon and in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to an attempted burglary charge in connection with a theft from a garage in Mattoon on Dec. 22, 2015.
The charge was reduced from burglary that would have required a six- to 30-year prison sentence, more than the usual sentencing range for the offense, because of his prior convictions.
With the agreement reached, Graham was sentenced to a three-year prison term. The charge to which he pleaded guilty had a possible prison sentence of two to five years with a conviction.
O'Brien accepted a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Tom Bucher and Ortega recommended.
- Jason M. Shores, 41, whose address on record is 1301 Edgar Ave., Apt. 1, Mattoon, to a charge of driving while license suspended or revoked in connection with a traffic stop in Mattoon on June 21.
The charge was a felony because Shores has prior convictions for driving with a revoked license and he was placed on probation for two years. Terms included six months of jail time to be served on a work-release basis.
O'Brien accepted a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Jenifer Schiavone and defense attorney Duane Deters recommended.
- Ernest C. Hubbard, 66, for whom records list an address of 400 N. Division St., Charleston, to a charge of possession of a controlled substance alleging he had amphetamine on Jan. 4.
Hubbard was sentenced to two years of probation that included a substance abuse treatment evaluation and about $1,800 in fines and fees. Jail time was stayed, meaning he won't have to serve it if there are no violations.
Circuit Judge Mitchell Shick accepted a plea agreement that Wolf and Assistant Public Defender Jesse Danley recommended.
- Jessica L. Lovall, 36, for whom records list an address of 2219 Ninth St., Apt. 131B, Charleston, to a methamphetamine possession charge alleging she had the drug on Jan. 1.
Lovall was sentenced to two year of first offender probation, so she won't have a record of a conviction if she completes it successfully. Terms included a substance abuse treatment evaluation, about $1,600 in fines and fees and stayed jail time.
Shick accepted a plea agreement that Wolf and Assistant Public Defender Terese Matthews recommended.
- Willam M. Gibson, 18, whose address on record is 2813 Western Ave., Mattoon, to a controlled substance possession charge alleging he had a prescription medication on June 25.
A charge accusing Gibson of having a second medication was dismissed and terms of his two-year first offender probation sentence included a substance abuse evaluation, about $3,000 in fines and fees and stayed jail time.
Shick accepted a plea agreement that Wolf and defense attorney Todd Reardon recommended.