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CHARLESTON -- A woman was sentenced to the maximum probation term possible for her guilty plea to a charge accusing her of selling methamphetamine.

Another charge accusing Mary J. Jones of having drugs on another occasion when her vehicle hit a pole was dismissed, though she did plead guilty to a driving under the influence charge in connection with that incident.

Jones, 36, for whom court records show an address of 705 S. 16th St., Mattoon, admitted to a charge of delivery of methamphetamine alleging she sold the drug on June 27 of last year.

With the agreement reached, her sentence was four years of probation for the conviction that also could have brought a three- to seven-year prison term.

The dismissed drug possession charge accused Jones of having amphetamine during the accident in Mattoon on May 14, 2017.

For the DUI in connection with that incident, she was sentenced to two years of court supervision, so she won't have a record of a conviction for that offense is she completes all requirements.

Terms of Jones' sentences included about three weeks in jail beginning Jan. 2 along with treatment requirements.

She was also ordered to pay about $3,200 in fines and court fees and more jail time was stayed, so she won't have to serve if she's in compliance.

Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien sentenced Jones by accepting the terms of a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.

In other cases, O'Brien also accepted guilty pleas from:

  • Steven A. Bridges, 58, whose address on record is 113 S. Walnut St., Oakland, to charges of possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, possession of methamphetamine and driving with a revoked license.

The drugs were found in Bridge's pickup truck after a police officer found it unoccupied in a rural Coles County location on Feb. 19, according to records in the case.

Bridges was located nearby and there was also a shotgun and ammunition in the truck, the records say.

There was no agreement on Bridges' sentence but a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon, which would have required prison time, will be dismissed at sentencing.

O'Brien scheduled sentencing for Jan. 29 and Bridges could receive a prison sentence of three to seven years for the most serious charge, the cannabis possession offense.

Assistant State's Attorney Tom Bucher is prosecuting the case and Ortega represents Bridges.

  • James H. Macaluso, 40, whose address on record is in Janesville, to a methamphetamine possession charge alleging he had the drug in Mattoon on Oct. 3.

A charge accusing Macaluso of also having methamphetamine on Nov. 14 was dismissed and he was sentenced to two years of probation.

Terms of the sentence included a treatment evaluation, about $2,300 in fines and fees and stayed jail time.

O'Brien accepted a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Rob Scales and Assistant Public Defender Jesse Danley recommended.

  • Karla A. Ackerman, 52, for whom records show an address of 2005 Ninth St., Apt. 1, Charleston, to a theft charge accusing her of stealing merchandise from the Charleston Walmart on Aug. 17.

The charge was a filed as a felony because of a prior conviction but was reduced to a misdemeanor. Terms of Ackerman's two-year conditional discharge sentence included about $400 in fines and fees and stayed jail time.

State's Attorney Brian Bower and Danley recommended the plea agreement.


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