CHARLESTON -- A man was sentenced to a total of five years in prison after he admitted having drugs and threatening a man with scissors and a screwdriver.
Seth L. McCall received the sentence for his guilty plea to charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine and aggravated unlawful restraint.
McCall, 27, who listed an address of "homeless" in Mattoon in court records, was most recently accused of having a painkiller medication without the required prescription on Jan. 5.
Earlier charges alleged that he was found with methamphetamine in his possession after his arrest on July 30 for reportedly detaining another man by threatening him with scissors and a screwdriver.
With the agreement reached in his cases, McCall received sentences of three years in prison for both the methamphetamine possession and aggravated unlawful restraint offenses.
Those prison sentences will run at the same time but the two-year prison term he received for the painkiller possession was added to that for a total of five years.
McCall was eligible for prison sentences of more than normal maximum terms, up to 10 years for some of the offenses, because of his criminal record.
An aggravated battery charge accusing McCall of hitting the other man during the July 30 incident was dismissed.
Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien agreed to recommend McCall for a prison system drug treatment program. It will be up to prison officials whether to admit him to the program but the judge's recommendation was needed for him to be eligible.
O'Brien also included payment of about $2,800 in fines and court fees in the sentence.
Also, the prosecution agreed to not seek revocation of the probation sentence McCall received for an earlier methamphetamine possession conviction.
That meant he didn't face re-sentencing and the possibility of more prison time but did receive a record of unsuccessfully completing the probation term.
O'Brien sentenced McCall based on a plea agreement that State's Attorney Brian Bower and defense attorney Chris Wetzel recommended.