CHARLESTON -- A man who once faced a requirement of prison time for drug offenses received the maximum probation term at sentencing.

Christopher D. Hoelfer was once suspected of supplying drugs that led to overdoses, but the case's prosecutor said that ultimately wasn't conclusive. The prosecutor and sentencing judge also noted his progress in treatment.

Hoefler, 45, for whom records show an address in Bloomington, formerly of rural Charleston and Mattoon, received a 2 1/2-year probation term for selling a prescription muscle relaxant in September 2015.

Hoefler pleaded guilty to a charge of delivery of a controlled substance in October. There was no agreement on a sentence at that time but the prosecution agreed to dismiss a charge alleging he also sold fentanyl, which would have required prison time.

Case records indicate that the East Central Illinois Task Force drug investigation unit conducted a controlled buy of both drugs on Hoefler at the Mattoon residence where he lived at the time.

At the time of his arrest, police said they suspected him of supplying opioids to two people who overdosed.

However, Coles County Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf, who prosecuted the case, said there was no firm evidence of that. At sentencing, she and Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien noted the progress Hoefler made in treatment.

Probation terms included continued substance abuse treatment along with payment of fines and court fees. Jail time was stayed, meaning Hoefler won't have to serve it unless there are violations.

Reasons the case took more than three years to resolve included Hoefler's time in treatment and changes in both prosecuting and defense attorneys.

O'Brien based the sentence on recommendations from Wolf and defense attorney Chris Wetzel.

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

  • Brooke D. Brown, 22, whose address on record is 116 Fourth St., Charleston, to a methamphetamine possession charge accusing her of having the drug on Jan. 13.

Brown also pleaded guilty to an aggravated battery charge alleging she hit a police officer who arrested her.

A misdemeanor theft charge accusing her of stealing merchandise from the Mattoon Walmart was dismissed.

For both offenses, Brown was sentenced to two years of probation. Terms included an evaluation for substance abuse treatment, payment of various fines and stayed jail time.

Circuit Judge James Glenn sentenced her by accepting the terms of a plea agreement that State's Attorney Jesse Danley and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.

  • Brandon A. Grady, 34, for whom records list an address of homeless, Mattoon, to a charge alleging he had methamphetamine on Dec. 22.

Grady was sentenced to two years of probation and received a record of unsuccessful completion of the probation he received for a conviction for a 2017 misdemeanor domestic battery offense.

Glenn accepted a plea agreement that prosecutor Jennifer Mudge and Ortega recommended.

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



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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