CHARLESTON -- A man received probation sentences for twice having contact with a woman who had an order of protection against him.

Dale E. England, 38, for whom court records list an address of 26876 E. County Road 1450N, Oakland, most recently pleaded guilty to a charge of violation of an order of protection alleging contact with the woman on April 19.

That incident took place about a week after England pleaded guilty to another charge of violation of an order of protection. The earlier charge accused him of contact with the same woman on March 27.

The charges in both cases were felony offenses because England has a prior conviction for domestic battery.

In the latest case, he received the maximum probation sentence of 2 1/2 years. Terms included about seven weeks in jail with more jail time stayed, meaning England won't have to serve the additional time if there are no violations.

The prosecution also agreed to not seek revocation of the two-year probation sentence he received for the earlier conviction. Counseling was one of the requirements of that sentence.

In the more recent case, Coles County Circuit Judge sentenced England by accepting a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Rob Scales and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.

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

  • Amber N. Watson, 23, whose address on record is 331 B St., Charleston, to misdemeanor theft and domestic battery charges.

Watson admitted stealing money from a man, taking merchandise from the Charleston Walmart and hitting a man, all in March. A felony charge accusing her of having marijuana while in the Coles County jail was dismissed.

For the misdemeanor offenses, she was ordered to receive counseling, have no contact with the victims and pay restitution and fines as part of a two-year probation sentence.

O'Brien accepted a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Daniel Guido and Assistant Public Defender Terese Matthews recommended.

  • Madison D. Ard, 21, for whom court records list a Teutopolis address, to a retail theft charge alleging she stole merchandise from the Mattoon Walmart on May 14.

The charge was a felony because Ard has a prior theft conviction from Effingham County and she was placed on probation for two years.

Terms included about five weeks in jail with more jail time stayed, counseling and a requirement that she not return to either Coles County Walmart. Assistant State's Attorney Tom Bucher and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.

  • Courtney J. Mills, 22, whose address on record is in Paris, to a theft charge alleging she stole merchandise from the Charleston Dollar General store on May 8.

The original charge was a felony because of a prior conviction but was reduced to a misdemeanor. Mills was placed on probation for two years with terms including counseling and stayed jail time.

Scales and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.

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