CHARLESTON -- Selling methamphetamine and other drug activity led to a prison sentence totaling 32 years for a Mattoon man.

Ricky Curtis received the prison time for 2016 and 2017 drug delivery and possession charges to which he pleaded guilty in September.

Curtis, 40, for whom court list an address on North Logan Street in Mattoon but also in Chicago, faced prison terms longer than the usual maximum for his convictions.

That's because of his criminal record, which also led to a habitual criminal charge against him, also in connection with drug offenses, that was dismissed.

Among the charges in that case, also from 2017, was one of armed habitual criminal accusing Curtis of having a gun at the time of those offenses in October of that year.

It also included allegations of his prior convictions for robbery and other offenses in Cook County and would have required a prison sentence of six to 60 years with a conviction.

At sentencing, Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien ordered an 18-year prison sentence for a methamphetamine delivery offense that accused Curtis of selling the drug on Aug. 28, 2017.

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The judge also imposed a 14-year prison term for a charge that accused Curtis of drug possession on Sept. 1, 2016. O'Brien ordered to the two sentences added together, instead of running at the same time.

Charges in the dismissed case also included possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and weapons possession charges.

Charges that could have normally resulted in probation would have required prison time for Curtis, and any sentence he would have received in the dismissed case would also have been added to his other prison terms.

Court records show Curtis also has a Coles County methamphetamine possession conviction from 2015, and 2005 obstructing justice and escape convictions for which he served prison time.

O'Brien agreed to a request to recommend Curtis for a prison system substance abuse treatment program. It will be up to prison officials whether to admit him to the program but the judge's recommendation was necessary for him to be eligible.

O'Brien based the sentence on arguments and recommendations from Assistant State's Attorne Joy Wolf and defense attorney Sean Britton.

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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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