CHARLESTON -- A man received probation for having methamphetamine but returned to prison because it meant a parole violation.

Christopher M. Coad, 33, for whom court records list a Tuscola address, pleaded guilty to a methamphetamine possession charge alleging he had the drug in Mattoon on July 31.

With the agreement in his case, Coad received the maximum probation term possible, 2 1/2 years.

The conviction could have otherwise resulted in a one- to six-year prison sentence, with twice the normal maximum prison term because of Coad's criminal record.

However, he was released from prison in August of last year after serving a sentence for Douglas County convictions and was on parole at the time of his arrest in Mattoon, records show.

Coad was returned to prison and now has a projected parole date in August 2018. He originally received a five-year sentence in Douglas County in 2015 for convictions for burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle.

His Coles County probation sentence won't begin until he's released from prison.

Coad's probation included participation in Coles County's drug court program, which has more frequent court appearances and other requirements in addition to routine probation terms.

He was also ordered to undergo an evaluation to determine substance abuse treatment needed and to follow the evaluation's recommendations.

The sentence also included payment of more than $1,500 in fines and court fees and jail time that was stayed. Staying the jail time means he won't have to serve it if he follows his sentence's other requirements.

Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien sentenced Coad by accepting the terms of plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf and Assistant Public Defender Jesse Danley recommended.

Records in Coad's Coles County case say he was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation and methamphetamine was then found in his possession.


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