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CHARLESTON -- Counseling that specifically focuses on domestic violence issues was one of the requirements of the sentence for a man who pleaded guilty to a domestic battery charge.

Brian E. Willenborg, 37, for whom court records list an address of 8 Apple Drive, Mattoon, also pleaded guilty to a methamphetamine possession charge and was placed on probation for 2 1/2 years.

Willenborg was accused of grabbing a woman by her neck on May 17 and the charge that resulted was a felony offense because he has an earlier domestic battery conviction.

He also allegedly was found in possession of methamphetamine on Oct. 11 when he was arrested for shoving the same woman. A domestic battery charge in connection with that incident was dismissed.

Probation terms include counseling with the domestic violence program and payment of about $2,100 in fines and court fees. Jail time was stayed, meaning Willenborg won't have to serve it if he follows his sentence's other requirements.

Also, the prosecution also agreed to not seek revocation of the probation sentence he received for his earlier domestic battery conviction.

Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien imposed the sentence by accepting the terms of a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Rob Scales and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.

In other cases in court recently, O'Brien also accepted guilty pleas from:

  • Halie A. Stewart, 22, for whom records list a Paris address, to a burglary charge alleging she entered the Charleston Rural King store with plans to steal on Sept. 16 of last year.

Stewart was sentenced to four years of probation with requirements including payment of about $41 in restitution and that she not return to the store.

An evaluation for substance abuse treatment was also ordered and Stewart was required to follow the evaluation's recommendations. Payment of about $400 in fines and fees was also part of the sentence.

O'Brien accepted a plea agreement that State's Attorney Brian Bower and Ortega recommended.

  • Cornell L. Johnson, 46, whose address on record is 513 S. 26th St., Mattoon, to charges of domestic battery and resisting police.

Johnson admitted hitting a woman on Sept. 30, and that charge was a felony because of a prior conviction. He also admitted fighting with police on Dec. 30 when he was arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Terms of his two-year probation sentence included evaluations for substance abuse treatment and other counseling, about $1,200 in fines and fees and stayed jail time. A charge in connection with the invalid driver's license was dismissed.

Assistant State's Attorney Tom Bucher and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.

  • Alex M. Crisman, 23, whose most recent address on record is 413 N. 30th St., Mattoon, to a charge of possession of a firearm with a revoked owner's identification card.

A handgun and ammunition were found at Crisman's home on Sept. 8 when probation officers were conducting a compliance check, according to records in his case.

Terms of Crisman's 2 1/2-year probation sentence included a treatment evaluation, about $500 in fines and fees and stayed jail time. Also, there'll be no petition to revoke his probation sentence from a DUI conviction, the case in which the probation officers were conducting the check.

Bower and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.

  • Christopher A. Hughes, 24, for whom records list an address of 309 E. Charleston Road, Ashmore, to a domestic battery charge alleging he grabbed and hit a woman on Aug. 27.

The charge was a felony because of a prior conviction, and terms of Hughes' 2 1/2-year probation sentence include domestic violence counseling and other treatment.

Scales and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.


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