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Charleston woman pleads guilty to methamphetamine charge
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Charleston woman pleads guilty to methamphetamine charge

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CHARLESTON -- A woman was sentenced to probation but received a record of unsuccessfully completing an earlier sentence when she admitted having methamphetamine planned for sale.

Stephanie E. Givins, 27, for whom records show a Charleston address, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

With the agreement in her case, Givins was sentenced to three years of probation for the conviction that could have brought a four- to 15-year prison sentence.

Case records indicate that police found methamphetamine packaged for sale in a vehicle in which Givins and others were located on Sept. 7 of last year.

Her probation terms included a substance abuse treatment evaluation and a requirement that she follow its recommendations.

Givins received a record of unsuccessfully completing probation sentences she received for an earlier methamphetamine possession conviction and for an aggravated battery conviction.

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

The case is pending against a co-defendant, Sabra R. Ward, 20, whose address on record is in Charleston.

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

  • Jessica L. Wallace, 38, for whom records show a Paris address, to a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.
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Wallace and James C. Arnold were arrested on July 9 when police stopped the vehicle Arnold was driving and found about 4 1/2 ounces of methamphetamine, according to case records.

In Wallace's case, the charge was reduced so a conviction no longer required prison time and she was placed on probation for 2 1/2 years. The sentence's requirements included a treatment evaluation.

Glenn accepted a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Jenifer Schiavone and defense attorney Todd Reardon Jr. recommended.

Arnold, 40, whose address on record is in Mattoon, failed to appear at a court hearing in August and remains at large.

  • George W. Titus, 58, whose address on record is in Mattoon, to a methamphetamine possession charge accusing him of having the drug on June 30 of last year.

Terms of Titus' 2 1/2-year probation sentence included substance abuse treatment. He received credit for any earlier treatment and must continue to comply with its recommendations.

Titus also received a record of unsuccessfully completing the probation sentence he received for an earlier methamphetamine offense conviction.

State's Attorney Jesse Danley and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended the plea agreement.

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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