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URBANA -- A man who admitted to a federal charge accusing him of planning to sell methamphetamine was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Jason R. Vandal received the sentence for the charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver to which he pleaded guilty in May.

Vandal, 30, whose most recent address listed in court records is in Arthur, formerly of Mattoon, allegedly had the drug with plans to sell it on Jan. 14, according to the federal indictment against him.

He was indicted in February and a Coles County charge accusing him of the same drug sale plans was dismissed. State charges are often dismissed in favor of federal prosecutions when suspects are charged in both court systems.

U.S. District Judge Colin Stirling Bruce ordered the prison sentence for Vandal after hearing recommendations from Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Freres and federal Assistant Public Defender Johanes Maliza.

Eight years of supervised release or parole will follow Vandal's time in prison.

The Coles County charge against Vandal would have required a prison sentence of at least six years with a conviction.

The possible sentence on the federal charge depended on a number of factors that were determined after Vandal pleaded guilty.

Among those factors was Vandal's criminal record, which included a 2015 conviction in Coles County for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver for which he served prison time.

Records in the Coles County case indicate that officers with the Mattoon-based East Central Illinois Task Force drug investigation unit arrested Vandal on Jan. 15.

The officers observed Vandal in a vehicle and stopped him because of an outstanding arrest warrant, the records say.

About 1 1/3 ounces of methamphetamine, which was divided into different bags, and just more than $1,000 were found in the vehicle, according to the records.

When questioned, Vandal admitted that he was selling the drug, the records say.


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