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CHARLESTON -- A man who admitted driving while intoxicated when his vehicle went into a ditch in Mattoon was sentenced to prison time.

Daryl J. Lemons, 27, for whom records list addresses in Casey and Effingham, received a three-year prison term for his convictions for aggravated driving under the influence and driving while license revoked.

Case records indicate police found Lemons at the location of the vehicle in a ditch on March 2. He was alone but claimed another person had been driving, then failed a field sobriety test, the records say.

Lemons pleaded guilty to the charges in November. There was no agreement on a sentence at that time, but at sentencing there was a joint recommendation from the prosecution and defense on the three-year prison term.

Both charges to which Lemons pleaded guilty were felony offenses because of prior convictions, which included an earlier DUI conviction in Cumberland County.

Prison time wasn't required but Lemons faced a possible sentence of up to 10 years or twice the usual maximum, also because of his criminal record.

Coles County Circuit Judge James Glenn sentenced Lemons, accepting the recommendation from prosecutor Vanessa Minson and Assistant Public Defender Stephanie Corum.

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

  • Bradley A. Thompson, 30, whose address on record is 1315 Davis St., Charleston, to an obstructing justice charge accusing him falsely telling police he wasn't a driver involved in an accident on Sept. 21.

Misdemeanor charges of driving while license suspended and failure to give information after an accident were dismissed.

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Thompson was sentenced to 2 1/2 years of probation, the maximum probation term possible for the obstructing justice offense.

Terms included payment of various fines and fees and jail time that was stayed, which means he won't have to serve it if he follows his sentence's other requirements.

Glenn imposed the sentence by accepting a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Jenifer Schiavone and Corum recommended.

  • Stanley Thomas, 54, for whom records show an address of 1132 W. Hayes Ave., Charleston, to a misdemeanor domestic battery charge alleging he grabbed a woman on Jan. 23.

A felony unlawful restraint charge accusing Thomas of preventing the woman from leaving her residence was dismissed.

Terms of his two-year probation sentence included substance abuse treatment and other counseling with specific domestic violence treatment. The sentence also included fines and stayed jail time.

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

  • Dillon B. Sanders, 30, no address on record, to a domestic battery charge alleging he grabbed a woman by her neck in Mattoon on Jan. 25.

The charge was a felony because of a prior conviction and terms of Sanders' two-year probation sentence included fines and stayed jail time.

State's Attorney Jesse Danley and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.

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

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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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