CHARLESTON — Substance abuse treatment and other counseling were ordered for a Charleston man who admitted having methamphetamine and hitting a woman.

John S. Blevins, 52, pleaded guilty to charges of methamphetamine possession and domestic battery in connection with an incident on March 21.

Case records say police discovered the methamphetamine after responding to a report of a man threatening a woman with a knife.

The agreement in Blevins' case included dismissal of an unlawful restraint charge that accused him of preventing the woman from leaving the residence.

The substance abuse treatment and counseling requirements were terms of both probation sentences Blevins received for the two offenses.

He was sentenced to 2 ½ years for the methamphetamine offense and two years for the domestic battery; the two sentences will run at the same time.

Coles County Circuit Judge Mitchell Shick sentenced Blevins by accepting the terms of a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf and defense attorney Todd Reardon Sr. recommended.

Blevins has faced other drug charges in the past, including one in 2012 when he was a Charleston police officer.

In other drug cases in court recently, guilty pleas were also entered by:

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  • Twana M. Burris, 58, whose address on record is in Milwaukee, to a possession of a controlled substance charge accusing of having cocaine found during a traffic stop on Interstate 57 near Mattoon on May 3.

Burris was sentenced to two years of first offender probation, a type of supervision that allows for no record of a conviction if completed successfully. Substance abuse treatment was one of its terms.

Circuit Judge James Glenn accepted a plea agreement that Wolf and Assistant Public Defender Stephanie Corum recommended.

The case is pending against a co-defendant, William Jones, 51, for whom records show a Racine, Wis., address.

  • Damon A. Ward, 20, for whom records show a Charleston address, to a charge of possession of cannabis accusing him of having marijuana on March 14.

A possession with intent to deliver charge was dismissed and terms of Ward's one-year probation sentence included a treatment evaluation.

Glenn accepted a plea agreement that Wolf and defense attorney Todd Reardon Jr. recommended.

  • Clinton V. Pierce, 57, whose address on record is in Mattoon, to a methamphetamine possession charge alleging he had the drug on March 24 of last year.

Treatment was ordered as part of Pierce's two-year first offender probation sentence. Shick accepted a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Jenifer Schiavone and Reardon Sr. recommended.

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



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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