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CHARLESTON -- A man was sentenced to prison when he admitted having methamphetamine about a month after pleading guilty to an earlier methamphetamine possession charge.

Blake A. Hampton, 23, for whom court records list an address of 1009 Edgar Ave., Mattoon, pleaded guilty to the new charge that accused him of having the drug on Nov. 25.

With that conviction, he also was found in violation of the probation sentence he received when he pleaded guilty on Oct. 24 to the earlier charge.

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Hampton was sentenced to four years in prison for the November offense and was also re-sentenced to the same term for the probation violation case. The two sentences will run at the same time.

Records in the November case indicate that police found methamphetamine in Hampton's possession during a traffic stop in Mattoon. He was a passenger in the vehicle that was stopped because the woman driving had a suspended license, the records say.

A traffic stop also led to the charge in the earlier case, which accused Hampton of having the drug on Sept. 28.

Coles County Circuit Judge James Glenn sentenced Hampton by accepting the terms of a plea agreement that State's Attorney Jesse Danley and Assistant Public Defender Stephanie Corum recommended.

In other drug cases before Glenn in court recently:

  • A charge of possession of cannabis with intent to deliver against John D. Pittenger was dismissed.

Pittenger, 22, whose address on record is 1050 Seventh St., Apt. E, Charleston, was accused of having marijuana planned for sale on Jan. 27.

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Danley, who prosecuted, said police later indicated that there was a small amount of marijuana and it wasn't in multiple packages as it typically is when planned for sale.

That led to the decision that a conviction on the charge against Pittenger wasn't likely, Danley said. Glenn granted his motion to dismiss the charge; Ortega represented Pittenger.

At the time of the arrest, police said Pittenger's vehicle was traveling 94 mph in a 55 mph zone on Illinois Route 16 near Charleston. Traffic citation cases charging him with speeding and illegal transportation of alcohol are pending.

  • Demarko S. Hull, 23, for whom records show addresses on Moultrie and Wabash avenues in Mattoon, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of a controlled substance alleging he had cocaine on Sept. 24.

Hull was sentenced to two years of probation with terms including an evaluation for substance abuse treatment and a requirement that he follow the evaluation's recommendations.

He was also ordered to pay about $1,900 in fines and court fees. Jail time was stayed, meaning Hull won't have to serve it now but some or all of it could be ordered later as a sanction in case of violations.

Glenn accepted a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf and Corum recommended.

  • Erika L. Anderson, 38, for whom records show addresses on Edgar Drive and Jackson Avenue in Charleston, pleaded guilty to a methamphetamine possession charge alleging she had the drug on April 3.

Anderson was sentenced to two years of first offender probation, which allows for no record of a conviction if completed successfully.

Terms included about $1,800 in fines and fees. Prosecutor Ralph Fowler and Corum recommended the plea agreement.

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

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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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