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CHARLESTON -- Two men pleaded guilty to charges accusing them of having methamphetamine in Mattoon and one also admitted he stole and used the other man's debit card.

Mark A. McQueen and Tyler D. Barr, who both have addresses on record in Champaign, were arrested for methamphetamine possession following a traffic stop in Mattoon on June 13, according to records and police accounts.

McQueen was later charged with theft and possession of another's debit card for allegedly using Barr's card for about two weeks after their arrests.

With the agreements reached in each of their cases, McQueen, 42, and Barr, 18, were placed on probation for two years. Barr's probation was a type that gives him a chance of no record of a conviction.

According to case records, Barr told police he discovered his debit card was missing after he was released from jail on a pretrial basis. He also found that unauthorized purchases on the card were made, the records say.

McQueen later admitted to police that he used Barr's debit card, according to the records. He said some purchases were with Barr's approval but others totaling about $1,000 were not, they say.

Probation terms for McQueen included payment of restitution for the debit card purchases. His guilty plea in that case was to the theft charge; the possession of another's debit card charge was dismissed.

An evaluation for substance abuse treatment and a requirement that McQueen follow its recommendations were also part of the sentence's terms.

He was also ordered to pay about $1,800 in fines and court fees. Jail time was stayed, meaning he won't have to serve it unless he violates his other probation requirements.

McQueen faced the possibility of up to 10 years in prison, which would have been twice the usual maximum sentence for the offenses. That was because of his criminal record, which includes a 2015 Coles County conviction for a felony DUI offense.

Barr's sentence was two years of first offender probation, which allows for no record of a conviction if completed successfully.

He was also ordered to be evaluated for treatment and to pay about $1,500 in fines and fees. Stayed jail time was also one of Barr's probation terms.

Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien sentenced both men by accepting plea agreements that prosecuting and defense attorneys recommended.

Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf prosecuted both cases. Public Defender Anthony Ortega represented McQueen and attorney Stephanie Corum represented Barr.


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Contact Dave Fopay at 217-238-6858. Follow him on Twitter: @FopayDave.

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