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CHARLESTON -- A man received prison time when he admitted to his latest offense of driving without a valid license.

Sam L. Sims, 37, for whom records list a Mattoon address, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while license revoked in connection with a traffic stop on Oct. 15.

The charge was a felony because Sims has three prior convictions for the offense, including one for which he was sentenced to prison in 2014.

For the latest conviction, he received a one-year prison sentence for the conviction that could have brought up to six years in prison.

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Sims was eligible for twice the usual maximum sentence, also because of his prior convictions.

Coles County Circuit Judge James Glenn sentenced Sims by accepting the terms of a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Jenifer Schiavone and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.

In other recent cases, guilty pleas were also entered by:

  • Tiffany A. Butera, 30, whose address on record is in Mattoon, to a methamphetamine possession charge accusing her of having the drug on May 9.
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Sentencing was delayed pending Butera's progress in a drug court program, which was added to the conditions of her bond.

If she doesn't complete the program, she'll face the possibility of up to 14 years in prison, twice the usual maximum because of an earlier methamphetamine possession conviction.

Glenn accepted an agreement that State's Attorney Jesse Danley and Assistant Public Defender Stephanie Corum recommended.

  • Sciler A. Gould, 23, for whom records show a Mattoon address, to a methamphetamine possession charge accusing him of having the drug on Nov. 26.
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Gould was sentenced to 2 1/2 years of probation that included a treatment requirement. The prosecution agreed not to seek revocation of probation sentences he received for earlier methamphetamine possession convictions.

Circuit Judge Mitchell Shick accepted a plea agreement that Danley and Ortega recommended.

  • Ashton E. Eady, 30, whose address on record is in Harvey, to a forgery charge accusing her of using an altered prescription form to obtain medicine from the Mattoon Walgreens on Jan. 6 of last year.

Charges accusing Eady of also using forged prescriptions at two other times at Mattoon stores were dismissed. She was sentenced to two years of second chance probation, which can result in no record of a conviction.

Shick accepted a plea agreement that Schiavone and Ortega recommended.

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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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