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CHARLESTON -- A man was sentenced to the strictest form of probation when he admitted burglarizing a rural Charleston home.

The four-year probation sentence was also the longest term possible for the charge to which Canyon J.K. Hayward pleaded guilty. It was part of an agreement that included reducing the charge from one that required prison time.

Hayward, 21, for whom court records list an address of 2003 Douglas Drive, Charleston, entered the guilty plea to a burglary charge that accused him of breaking into the home on Plainview Road south of Charleston on Aug. 16, 2016.

The original charge in the case was residential burglary, which would have a required a prison sentence of four to 15 years with a conviction.

With that charge dismissed, Hayward was eligible for probation. His sentence was to what's known as "high risk" probation, which involves a higher level of monitoring than with most sentences.

Terms of the probation sentence included payment of about $2,100 in restitution and about $900 in fines and court fees along with a substance abuse treatment evaluation.

About five months of jail time was also ordered but it was stayed, meaning Hayward won't have to serve it if he follows his sentence's other requirements.

Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien sentenced Hayward based on the terms of 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:

  • Alexander F. King, 27, whose address on record is 2511 Richmond Ave., Mattoon, to a methamphetamine possession charge accusing him of having the drug on April 23.

King was sentenced to maximum probation term possible, 2 1/2 years, that included a substance abuse treatment evaluation and about $2,000 in fines and court fees. Jail time was stayed.

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

Records in the case say police found methamphetamine in a vehicle they investigated in Mattoon's Vanlaningham Park because of a report of two people sleeping in it.

The vehicle's occupants were identified as King and Cheyenne S. Crow, 23, for whom record list a Nokomis address. Crow was also charged with methamphetamine possession and her case is pending.

  • Nicholas T. Diener, for whom records list an address of 318 Adams St., Humboldt, to charges of burglary and methamphetamine possession.

Diener's bond was modified to include Coles County's drug court program and his sentencing was delayed pending his progress in the program, which can lead to criminal charges dismissed.

He was arrested for allegedly stealing wiring and other items from an unoccupied house in rural Coles County on Feb. 14.

He had methamphetamine in his possession when he was located and arrested two days later, according to records in his case.

Scales and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.

  • Stephanie R. Noble, 30, for whom records list an address of 227 Jackson Ave., Charleston, to an obstructing justice charge alleging she tried to hide an inhalant from police on Oct. 23.

Noble's bond was modified to include a drug court requirement and her sentencing was delayed pending progress.

Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf and Assistant Public Defender Jesse Danley recommended the plea agreement.

  • Ronnie L. Tolliver, 42, for whom records list an address of 2101 Champaign Ave. Apt. 320, Mattoon, to a charge of possession of another's credit card.

Tolliver admitted having the other person's card on March 21 and terms of his 2 1/2-year probation sentence included a treatment evaluation, about $750 in fines and fees and stayed jail time.

Wolf and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.

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Contact Dave Fopay at 217-238-6858. Follow him on Twitter: @FopayDave.


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