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CHARLESTON -- A man was sentenced to prison for having about two ounces of methamphetamine police reportedly found when they arrested him as part of an earlier drug investigation.

Jeremy E. Pieper pleaded guilty to a methamphetamine delivery charge that accused him of selling the drug in July, marking at least his third conviction for a methamphetamine offense.

Pieper, 37, for whom court records show an address of 1104 Prairie Ave., Mattoon, was sentenced to 10 years in prison with the agreement reached in his case.

The conviction required a prison term with no option for probation, based on the amount of methamphetamine involved, with a range of six to 30 years.

The agreement also included dismissal of a another methamphetamine delivery charge that accused Pieper of selling the drug in February of last year.

Case records indicate that police went to Pieper's residence with an arrest warrant in connection with the earlier investigation. They found more methamphetamine at that point and Pieper admitted to sales of the drug, the records say.

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Also with the sentence, he received a record of unsuccessfully completing probation sentences for convictions for methamphetamine possession in 2016 and 2017.

Records also show that Pieper's criminal record includes a conviction for a stolen vehicle offense for which he served prison time.

Circuit Judge James Glenn sentenced Pieper by accepting the terms of a plea agreement that prosecutor Ralph Fowler and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.

A woman who records indicate was also at Pieper's residence at the time of his July 10 arrest was also charged with methamphetamine possession.

Kristi J. Mulvaney, 42, whose address on record is 601 W. Elm St., Lot 174, Charleston, pleaded guilty to that charge during a court appearance about two weeks after her arrest.

Mulvaney's sentence was two years of first offender probation, which allows for no record of a conviction if it's completed successfully.

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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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