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CHARLESTON -- The maximum possible probation sentence a woman received for planning to sell methamphetamine included almost $4,800 in fines.

Victoria A. Barrow, 47, for whom court records list an address of 1015 Jackson Ave., Apt. 2, Charleston, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Barrow had about a half-ounce of methamphetamine along with scales, a drug sales record ledger and more than $2,000 in cash in her vehicle when she was stopped for a traffic violation in Charleston on Dec. 29, according to records in her case.

With the agreement reached in her case, she was placed on probation for four years for the conviction that also could have brought a prison sentence of four to 15 years.

The fines and court fees ordered included nearly $1,600 to represent the street value of the drugs that were seized.

Barrow was also ordered to undergo an evaluation for substance abuse treatment and to follow the evaluation's recommendations. Jail time was also part of her sentence but it was stayed, meaning she won't have to serve if there are no violations.

Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien sentenced Barrow by accepting the terms of a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.

In other recent cases, O'Brien also accepted guilty pleas from:

  • Malachi S. Harpster, 25, whose address on record is 530 Reynolds Drive, Lot 118, Charleston, to a charge of defrauding a drug screening test.

Harpster admitted taking a container with another person's urine to the Coles County probation office for a drug screening on Sept. 21. A probation officer discovered it when testing the sample, case records say.

He was placed on probation for 2 1/2 years, the maximum probation term possible. He could have received a one- to six-year prison sentence, with the maximum twice what's normal for the conviction because of his criminal record.

Probation terms for Harpster included the county's drug court program, which uses frequent court appearances and other supervision and requirements to try to end drug use.

The sentence also included a treatment evaluation, about $1,600 in fines and fees and stayed jail time. The prosecution agreed to not seek revocation of the probation sentence Harpster received in 2016 for a methamphetamine possession conviction.

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

  • Jerrod M. Eaton, 29, for whom records list an address of 1900 DeWitt Ave., Apt. 2, Mattoon, to charges of driving while license revoked and obstructing justice.

Eaton was accused of driving with a revoked license on July 1 and then giving a false name to police to try to keep from being arrested. That followed a stop for speeding in Mattoon, according to case records.

Both charges were felony offenses -- the license revoked charge because of prior convictions -- and he was sentenced to two years of probation.

Terms included included about 2 1/2 months in jail, with more jail time stayed, and a treatment evaluation.

Assistant State's Attorney Tom Bucher and defense attorney Sean Britton recommended the plea agreement.


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