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Coles County man sentenced to 10 years

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MATTOON — A Charleston man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on an armed violence charge. 

Alexander Fritz, 25, pleaded guilty in exchange for unlawful possession of a stolen/converted vehicle and resisting a peace officer charges to be dropped. 

Fritz was arrested on June 14 after getting in a crash in rural Moultrie County, prosecutors said. He had been driving a 2017 Nissan Pathfinder that had been reported stolen from Gays. 

"While the deputy was searching the area for possible occupants, Fritz approached the scene driving the stolen Nissan Pathfinder," prosecutors said in a statement. "The deputy conducted a traffic stop, and after attempts to elude the deputy, both by failing to stop the Pathfinder as well as physically resisting the deputy, Fritz was taken into custody. A search of the Pathfinder revealed a Ruger rifle, which had been stolen from the same residence as the Pathfinder."

He had been placed on probation earlier that week in Coles County for residential burglary and unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, prosecutors said. 

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