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CHARLESTON -- A man received prison time when he admitted having methamphetamine he planned to sell that police reportedly found while trying to arrest him for an earlier domestic battery offense.

Romie R. Patterson, 40, for whom court records list an address of 3120 Pine Ave., Mattoon, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver that accused him of having the drug on April 17.

With the agreement reached in his case, he was sentenced to three years in prison for the conviction that could have brought a three- to seven-year prison term; prison time wasn't required.

Patterson also pleaded guilty to a domestic battery charge alleging he grabbed and pushed a woman on April 6.

The offense was a felony because of his criminal record and he received prison time for that conviction as well. The one-year term for that conviction will run at the same time as the sentence for the drug offense, however.

Coles County Circuit Judge Mitchell Shick also ordered Patterson to pay about $2,000 in fines and court fees.

The judge imposed the sentence by accepting the terms of a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf and Assistant Public Defender Jesse Danley recommended.

Case records indicate that police found the methamphetamine while arresting Patterson on a warrant for the battery. He told them he bought the drugs in Champaign with plans to sell them, the records say.

Records also show that Patterson served earlier prison sentences for a Coles County domestic battery conviction and for a Champaign County aggravated battery conviction.

In other cases in court recently, guilty pleas were also entered by:

  • Van T. Hamilton, 24, whose address on record is in Newman, to a trespassing to a residence charge.

Hamilton was accused of entering a residence on Ninth Street in Charleston on June 20 without permission and while the home's resident was there.

Terms of his 2 1/2-year probation sentence included an evaluation for substance abuse treatment and a requirement that he follow its recommendations.

About $900 in fines and fees were also ordered and jail time was stayed, meaning Hamilton won't have to serve it if he doesn't violate any of his probation requirements.

Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien sentenced Hamilton by accepting a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Rob Scales and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.

  • Lisa A. Pleasant, 44, for whom records list an address in Gibraltar, Mich., to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of drugs.

Pleasant was arrested after she was found asleep in a pickup truck blocking traffic on State Street in Charleston on Nov. 11, case records say.

A felony charge of possession of a controlled substance accusing her of having a prescription medicine was dismissed and she was sentenced to two years of probation. Terms included treatment and about $1,900 in fines and fees.

O'Brien accepted a plea agreement that Wolf and Danley recommended.


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