CHARLESTON -- A man could receive up to 16 years in prison after he admitted planning to sell methamphetamine and to driving while intoxicated.
Kyle R. Stewart was scheduled for sentencing in May after he pleaded guilty to charges of attempted possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and driving under the influence.
Stewart, 29, for whom court records list an address of 2305 Charleston Ave., Apt. 5, Mattoon, was one of two men arrested on June 22, 2016, when police reportedly found them with methamphetamine after a traffic stop in Mattoon.
He was arrested again on June 3 for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and when his driver's license was revoked.
Because Stewart was out of jail on bond in the drug case at the time of his DUI arrest, the sentence he receives for the two offenses has to be added together.
With no agreement on a sentence, Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien scheduled Stewart's sentencing hearing for May 25. Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf is prosecuting the case and attorney Todd Reardon represents Stewart.
There was an agreement to reduce the drug charge from possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, an offense that would have required a six- to 30-year prison sentence with a conviction.
The charge to which Stewart pleaded guilty in that case could bring a prison sentence of two to 10 years. He's eligible for twice the normal maximum for the offense because of his prior convictions.
The DUI charge was also a felony and a prison sentence of up to six years, also twice the usual maximum, is possible. Traffic citations, including failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and leaving the scene of an accident, were dismissed.
Records show Stewart has five prior Coles County felony offense convictions for which he served prison time. Those include convictions for aggravated criminal sexual abuse, burglary, forgery and theft.
In the drug case, police attempted to stop the vehicle after seeing the motorist driving without a seat belt, according to records in the case.
The officer observed someone throw a bag out of a passenger window of the vehicle before it stopped and the driver, Cory G. Lampe, fled on foot, the records say.
Stewart was a passenger in the vehicle and methamphetamine was found inside and in the thrown bag after it was recovered, according to the records.
Lampe, 28, whose most recent address on record is 1005 Edgar Ave., Mattoon, was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison when he pleaded guilty in December 2016 to a methamphetamine charge in connection with the case.