CHARLESTON -- A man was placed on probation after he admitted having a medication he planned to sell, while the agreement in his case meant other drug charges were dismissed.
Ryan D. Cole, 46, for whom court records list an address of 304 N. 22nd St., Apt. 2, Mattoon, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
Cole entered the plea to a charge accusing him of having a medication without a prescription that he planned to sell on Nov. 1.
With the agreement, he was placed on probation for 2 1/2 years for the conviction that also could have resulted in a prison sentence of three to seven years.
Also, a charge alleging Cole had a second prescription medication planned for sale on Nov. 1 and a charge accusing him of having methamphetamine on Aug. 13 were dismissed.
Probation terms included an evaluation for substance abuse treatment and a requirement that Cole follow the evaluation's recommendations.
He also was ordered to pay about $2,000 in fines and court fees. Jail time was stayed, so he won't have to serve it now but some or all of it could be ordered later if he violates any of his sentence's requirements.
Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien sentenced Cole by accepting the terms of a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.
In other cases in court recently, O'Brien also accepted guilty pleas from:
- Carmelo C. Suyas-Ayala, 33, whose address on record is 501 Taylor Ave., Charleston, to a charge of possession of a controlled substance alleging he had cocaine on Sept. 8 of last year.
Suyas-Ayala was sentenced to two years of probation for the conviction that could have brought a prison term of one to six years. He was eligible for twice the normal maximum prison sentence because of a prior conviction.
Suyas-Ayala also admitted violating the terms of the two-year probation sentence he received in May 2015 for a cocaine delivery conviction.
For his new sentence in the case, he received a new two-year probation term that will run at the same time as the one for the newer offense.
Probation terms included a substance abuse evaluation, about $2,000 in fines and fees, and stayed jail time. Wolf and defense attorney Chris Wetzel recommended the plea agreement.
- Mikel C. Staudinger, 29, for whom records list an address of 327 1/2 Vine Ave., Charleston, to a burglary charge alleging he entered the Mattoon Walmart on Oct. 30 with plans to steal from the store.
Staudinger was sentenced to two years of probation that included a substance abuse evaluation, about $570 in fines and fees, and stayed jail time. Assistant State's Attorney Rob Scales and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.
Case records indicate that Staudinger took a bed comforter from a display at the store and tried to exchange it for a gift card without purchasing it.
- William B. Lamasters, 59, whose address on record is 917 N. 13th St., Mattoon, to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with a traffic stop on May 5.
A felony aggravated battery charge alleging Lamasters spat on a Mattoon Fire Department paramedic was dismissed. He was sentenced to two years of court supervision, so he won't have a record of a conviction if he completes it successfully.
Terms of the sentence included alcohol treatment and other counseling and payment of about $1,300 in fines and fees. Assistant State's Attorney Tom Bucher and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.
- Kevin H. Roberts, 22, for whom records show an address in Olympia Fields, to a charge alleging he used a forged prescription form to try to obtain a medication at the Mattoon Walgreens store on Oct. 29.
Roberts' guilty plea was to a misdemeanor charge, and a felony charge was dismissed. Terms of his one-year probation sentence included a substance abuse evaluation, about $800 in fines and fees and stayed jail time.
Wolf and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.