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Court Roundup: Robbery results in seven-year sentence

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CHARLESTON — A man received the maximum sentence for the offense to which he pleaded guilty, admitting that he robbed a man, apparently during a drug deal.

Reginald D. Harris, 24, for whom records list an address of an apartment at 2050 Bostic Drive, Charleston, pleaded guilty to a robbery charge that accused him of taking money from the man by force on Dec. 30.

Harris was sentenced to seven years in prison for the offense that could have resulted in a three- to seven-year prison term, though prison time wasn’t required.

He was originally accused of threatening the man with a gun. An armed robbery charge that would have required a six- to 30-year prison sentence was dismissed.

Police records in the case indicate that the robbery took place while Harris was conducting a drug sale with the other man. Circuit Judge James Glenn imposed the sentence based on a plea agreement that Assistant State’s Attorney Bryant Hitchings and defense attorney Chad Miller recommended.

In other cases in court recently, Glenn also accepted guilty pleas from:

n Ronald A. Spinabella, 24, 2001 12th St. Apt. 8, Charleston, to a charge of possession of a controlled substance alleging he had cocaine on June 9.

Spinabella received two years of first offender probation, a sentence that means he won’t have a record of a conviction if he follows requirements. Charges of possession with intent to deliver and possession of a firearm with a revoked firearms owner’s identification card were dismissed.

Terms of the sentence included $7,225 in fines along with a $5,000 contribution to the East Central Illinois Task Force drug investigation unit. Substance abuse treatment was also ordered. Case records indicate that police searched Spinabella's residence after the drug arrest and found a handgun.

Glenn accepted a plea agreement that Hitchings and defense attorney Daniel Jackson of Champaign recommended.

n Ryan A. Lane, 25, 107 Ninth St,. Charleston, to a misdemeanor battery charge alleging he hit a man on Dec. 26.

A felony trespassing charge alleging Lane entered and refused to leave the Ashmore residence where the battery took place was dismissed. He received two years of probation with terms including no contact with the man and a requirement that he not return to the residence.

Lane was also fined $500 and counseling was ordered while jail time was stayed, meaning he won’t have to serve it if there are no violations. Assistant State’s Attorney Rob Scales and defense attorney Todd Reardon recommended the plea agreement.

n Devon E. Hidlebaugh, 27, for whom records list addresses on 11th Street in Charleston and in Champaign, to a charge of receiving a lost or mislaid credit card.

Hidlebaugh admitted using the card on Aug. 23 and was placed on probation for two years. Terms included payment of more than $600 in restitution along with a $300 fine and stayed jail time. Assistant State’s Attorney Eric Neumann and defense attorney Jeannine Garrett recommended the plea agreement.

n Leonard C. Stafford Jr., 36, 1517 S. Second St., Mattoon, to a charge of driving while license revoked in connection with a traffic stop on Aug. 29.

The charge was a felony because Stafford has prior convictions for the offense and he was sentenced to one year and six months in prison. Scales and Public Defender Lonnie Lutz recommended the plea agreement.

Contact Fopay at or 238-6858.


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