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CHARLESTON -- A man received prison time for taking part in production of methamphetamine earlier this year, when he was on probation for an earlier methamphetamine offense.

John M. Klimaszewski, 33, of Charleston, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials. He was one of three people arrested for methamphetamine production after materials were found on March 29 at his residence at the time, on Fourth Street in Charleston.

With the agreement reached in his case, Klimaszewski was sentenced to prison for four years. The conviction could have resulted in a three- to 14-year prison sentence, up to twice the typical maximum, because of Klimaszewski's criminal record.

The prosecution also agreed to not seek seek revocation of the probation Klimaszewski received for the earlier methamphetamine offense conviction. That meant he did not face re-sentencing and the possibility of more prison time in that case but did receive a record of unsuccessfully completing the probation term.

Coles County Circuit Judge James Glenn sentenced Klimaszewski by accepting the terms of a plea agreement that State's Attorney Jesse Danley and Assistant Public Defender Stephanie Corum recommended.

Also arrested in connection with the methamphetamine production were Brooke D. Brown, 22, and Samantha J. Smith, 31, both of Charleston. Their cases are still pending.

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

  • Jimmie D. Bickers II, 31, of Bargersville, Ind., to a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.

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Bickers was accused of having a handgun while he was in Mattoon on March 10, 2017, when his criminal record meant he could not legally possess it. He was sentenced to three years in prison for the conviction that required a prison term of two to 10 years.

Glenn accepted a plea agreement that Danley and defense attorney Sean Britton recommended.

Records in the case say police responded to a report of a man with a gun in his belt at a Mattoon store and that Bickers was later located with the firearm. A check of his record showed several earlier convictions, including one for a weapons offense, the records say.

The case was delayed because of two occasions when Bickers failed to appear at scheduled court hearings.

  • Daniel L. Cox, 50, of Decatur, to a methamphetamine possession charge accusing him of having the drug in Mattoon on Dec. 24.

Cox was sentenced to 2 1/2 years of probation that had terms including a substance abuse treatment evaluation and requirement that he follow its recommendations. He was also ordered to pay various fines and fees while jail time was stayed, so he will not have to serve it if there are no violations.

Danley and 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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