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CHARLESTON — A man was sentenced to prison when he admitted to his fourth Coles County drug offense in the last 13 years.

Yacub K. Koger, 46, whose address on record is in Mattoon, formerly of Chicago, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver that accused him of having cocaine planned for sale on June 27.

Yacub Koger

Koger

With the agreement in the case, Koger was sentenced to nine years in prison for the conviction that required prison time.

The charge to which he pleaded guilty normally has a sentencing range of six to 30 years but Koger was eligible for up to 60 years because of his criminal record.

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Case records say police found several bags of cocaine and other drugs when they searched the Mattoon residence where Koger and a woman were located.

County records show that he served earlier prison sentences for drug offenses that took place during 2006, 2010 and 2015.

Circuit Judge James Glenn sentenced Koger, accepting the plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.

The case is still pending against the other suspect, Iykama Middleton, 29, for whom records show a Mattoon address.

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In other drug cases, Glenn also accepted guilty pleas from:

  • Jamamine J. Davis, 26. whose address on record is in Mattoon, to charges of possession of a controlled substance and resisting police.
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Case records indicate that police found a prescription medication in Davis' possession when they responded to a report of a domestic battery in which he was involved on Oct. 22. The officers had to use a stun gun to restrain him, the records say.

Davis was placed on probation for two years with terms including a substance abuse treatment evaluation.

Wolf and defense attorney Todd Reardon Jr. recommended the plea agreement.

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  • Kara A. Richards, 41, for whom records show a rural Mattoon address, to a methamphetamine possession charge accusing her of having the drug on Sept. 13.

A resisting police charge was dismissed and Richard was sentenced to two years of first offender probation. That means she has a chance for no record of a conviction if she completes the sentence successfully.

Assistant State's Attorney Jenifer Schiavone and Assistant Public Defender Stephanie Corum recommended the plea agreement.

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  • Paul O. Nymache, 20, whose address on record is in Charleston, to drug possession charges accusing of having two prescription medications on Jan. 6.

A charge of possession of cannabis with intent to deliver was dismissed and Nymache was sentenced to two years of first offender probation.

State's Attorney Jesse Danley and defense attorney Douglas Lawlyes recommended the plea agreement.

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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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