CHARLESTON -- A man was sentenced to prison for having a package with methamphetamine shipped to his Mattoon home.

Douglas E. Thompson, 49, received a four-year prison term for the charge of attempted possession of a methamphetamine with intent to deliver to which he pleaded guilty in March.

Police records in Thompson's case say U.S. Postal Service workers became suspicious of package addressed to Thompson's address on June 19.

After police obtained a search warrant, they found about seven ounces of the drug in the package, the records say.

Thompson admitted to arranging that shipment, as well as others, when he was questioned by police, according to the records.

Coles County Circuit Judge James Glenn sentenced Thompson after hearing recommendations from prosecutor Ralph Fowler and Assistant Public Defender Stephanie Corum.

Records also show that Thompson has three other felony methamphetamine offense convictions in Coles County.

In other cases in court recently, Glenn accepted guilty pleas from:

  • Scott R. Schwartz, 39, of Charleston, to a charge of threatening a public official accusing him of saying he was going to shoot a Coles County probation officer on June 14.

With the agreement in his case, Schwartz was sentenced to two years in prison for the conviction that could have brought a two- to 10-year prison term.

Prison time wasn't required, but he was eligible for up to twice the usual maximum sentence because of his prior convictions.

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Case records say Schwartz confronted and threatened the probation officer, who was helping respond to a report of a disturbance in which Schwartz was involved on the Charleston courthouse square.

Glenn accepted a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Tom Bucher and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.

Shain was sentenced to two years of probation that was both the first offender and high risk categories. It means she'll be subject to more restrictions than usual but could have no record of conviction if she completes the sentence successfully.

Probation terms included a treatment evaluation and payment of various fines and fees. Jail time was stayed, so Shain won't have to serve unless there are violations.

Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf and defense attorney Todd Reardon Jr. recommended the plea agreement.

  • Luke O. Rogers, 28, of Charleston, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years of probation for having heroin on March 23 of last year.

Rogers pleaded guilty to a drug possession charge in March and could have received a one- to six-year prison sentence. He was eligible for an extended prison term because of his record.

Probation terms included an evaluation for substance abuse treatment and a requirement that Rogers follows its recommendations.

He was also ordered to pay fines as his sentence for pleading guilty to a driving under the influence charge. Case records indicate the drugs were found during a traffic stop.

Prosecutor Ralph Fowler and Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Corum recommended the plea agreement.

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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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