CHARLESTON -- A Mattoon man was sentenced to prison after he admitted having a handgun when his criminal record made it illegal.

Prison time was required for Corey J. Mitchell, 29, who received a 4 1/2-year prison sentence for pleading guilty to a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Case records indicate police found Mitchell with a handgun in his possession in Mattoon on Jan. 25 of last year. Mitchell's criminal record includes a 2016 methamphetamine possession offense for which he served prison time.

The agreement in his case led to the sentence for the conviction that could have resulted in a term of two to 10 years.

Also with the agreement, charges of methamphetamine possession and obstructing justice in a separate case were dismissed.

In that case, Mitchell was accused of having the drug and trying to hide from police in the ventilation system of a Mattoon apartment on Nov. 13.

Coles County Circuit Judge James Glenn accepted a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Tom Bucher and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.

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

Schneider admitted driving while intoxicated in Mattoon on April 23, when he didn't have a valid driver's license.

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He was sentenced to 2 1/2 years of probation for the felony conviction that could have brought as much as four years in prison. A misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge accusing Schneider of threatening a man on the same day was dismissed.

Probation terms included a treatment evaluation and a requirement that Schneider not enter any business primarily for the sale of alcohol. Jail time was stayed, meaning he won't have to serve it if he follows his sentence's other requirements.

Glenn accepted a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Jenifer Schiavone and Ortega recommended.

Terms of Staudinger's two-year probation sentence included a treatment evaluation and stayed jail time. He also agreed to waive extradition so he can be transported to face charges in Indiana.

Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.

  • Dustin D. Brown, 35, of Charleston, to a methamphetamine possession charge alleging he had the drug on April 4.

The charge was reduced from possession with intent to deliver and Brown was sentenced to two years of first offender probation. It allows for no record of a conviction if completed successfully.

Probation terms included a treatment evaluation on stayed jail time. Wolf and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.

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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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