CHARLESTON -- A woman was sentenced to prison for driving with a revoked license in Charleston earlier this year, which was the latest of several related convictions on her record.

Lori L. Roberts, 48, for whom court records list an address in Neoga, received an 18-month prison sentence for the offense that took place on Jan. 3.

Roberts faced a felony charge because of her criminal record and pleaded guilty in July, when there was no agreement on the sentence she would receive.

Her prior convictions also made her eligible for up to six years in prison, twice the usual maximum sentence for the offense.

The prosecution did agree to dismiss another charge that accused Roberts of driving with a revoked license in Coles County on Sept. 26 of last year.

Also, a petition to revoke the probation sentence Roberts received for a 2014 theft offense was withdrawn.

That meant she didn't face re-sentencing and the possibility of more prison time in that case but her record will show that she didn't complete probation terms successfully.

Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien sentenced Roberts based on recommendations from Assistant State's Attorney Tom Bucher and Public Defender Anthony Ortega.

Records show that Roberts' record dates to 1997 when she was convicted of aggravated battery in Shelby County. She also served prison time for a DUI conviction from that county and also has a pending case in Shelby County charging her with driving with a revoked license.

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

  • Sierra T. Vaultonburg, 26, for whom records list addresses on North 21st Street and on Oklahoma Avenue in Mattoon, to a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver alleging she planned to distribute the drug on May 19.

Sentencing was delayed and Vaultonburg's bond requirements were modified to include Coles County's drug court program.

If she's successful in the program, the charge against her could be dismissed. If she doesn't complete the program, she'd face regular sentencing possibilities for the conviction.

The prosecution agreed to withdraw petitions to revoke Vaultonburg's probation from earlier drug convictions.

O'Brien accepted the guilty plea and bond modification based on recommendations from Bucher and Assistant Public Defender Jesse Danley.

  • Jeffrey A Reeder, 41, whose address on record is 909 Wabash Ave., Mattoon, to a methamphetamine possession charge alleging he had the drug on Aug. 27.

Reeder was placed on probation for 2 1/2 years with terms including an evaluation to determine substance abuse treatment and a requirement that he follow the evaluation's recommendations.

He was also ordered to pay about $3,000 in fines and court fees while jail time was stayed, meaning he won't have to serve it if he follows his other requirements.

O'Brien accepted a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf and Danley recommended.

  • Duane L. Hatcher, 33, for whom records list addresses in Chicago and Mattoon, to a theft charge accusing him of stealing a beer from the Moto Mart store in Mattoon on June 29.

Hatcher also pleaded guilty to an obstructing justice charge alleging he gave a false name to police after the incident.

Both charges were felony offenses and terms of Hatcher was placed on probation for 2 1/2 years. Wolf and Danley recommended the plea agreement.


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