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CHARLESTON — A man was sentenced to prison when he admitted violating an order of protection filed against him by a woman he had previously battered.

Danny J. Montgomery, 33, for whom court records show an address of 1121 Second St., Charleston, pleaded guilty to a charge that accused him of phoning and threatening the woman on Nov. 30.

With the agreement in his case, Montgomery was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for the conviction that could have resulted in a prison term of up to six years.

An earlier domestic battery conviction and other prior convictions meant Montgomery was eligible for up to twice the usual maximum prison sentence for the offense. Prison time was not required, however.

Montgomery's criminal record also meant the order of protection violation charge was a felony offense. It's charged as a misdemeanor for the first offense.

The earlier convictions included one from November, when he pleaded guilty to a charge accusing him of grabbing the woman by her neck on June 5. Other order of protection violation charges were dismissed at that time.

His sentence in that case was 2 1/2 years of probation, the maximum probation term possible and also the "high risk" category, which meant additional restrictions. Montgomery also received a record of unsuccessfully completing his probation sentences for the June offense and for a conviction for a 2017 domestic battery.

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

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In other recent cases, Glenn also accepted guilty pleas from:

  • Gerald A. Reed, 29, whose address on record is in Woodlawn, to a charge of aggravated home repair fraud.

Reed and another man were accused of charging a 70-year-old Mattoon woman $1,100 for what case records say was about 30 minutes of work to the roof of her home on July 13. Reed was sentenced to two years of probation with terms including payment of restitution. Glenn accepted a plea agreement that prosecutor Jennifer Mudge and Ortega recommended.

A co-defendant, Brandon L. Reed, 26, for whom records show an address in Metamora, failed to appear at a court hearing in September and remains at large. Both men also face home repair fraud charges in Shelby County, according to records in that county.

  • Ricky Miskel, 48, for whom records show addresses of an apartment at 950 Edgar Drive, Charleston, and in Dixmoor in Cook County, to an aggravated battery charge.

Miskel admitted hitting a police officer who responded to a fight in which he was involved in Charleston on Aug. 10. He was sentenced to a year of probation and the prosecution agreed not to seek revocation of the probation sentence he received for a conviction for a 2014 stolen weapons offense.

Mudge and Assistant Public Defender Stephanie Corum recommended the plea agreement.

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

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Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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