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CHARLESTON -- A man received prison time for having methamphetamine that police reportedly found the day after he led officers on a chase.

Levi W. Nadolny, 32, for whom court records list an address of "homeless" in Mattoon, also was sentenced to prison for driving with a revoked license.

Nadolny pleaded guilty in August to charges of methamphetamine possession and driving while license revoked, a felony offense because of prior convictions.

He had methamphetamine in his possession when police located him on April 13 and arrested him for reportedly being involved in a police chase the day before, according to records in his case.

At sentencing, Nadolny received an eight-year prison term for the methamphetamine possession. For that offense, he was eligible for twice the normal maximum of five years, also because of his record.

The six-year sentence he received for the license revoked conviction will run at the same time as the sentence for the methamphetamine possession. That was also twice the usual maximum for the offense.

A charge of aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude police was dismissed when Nadolny pleaded guilty. Charges alleging he also had methamphetamine on Feb. 24 and drove with a revoked license on Jan. 23 were also dismissed.

Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien sentenced Nadolny after hearing recommendations from Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf and Assistant Public Defender Jesse Danley.

In other cases in court recently, O'Brien accepted guilty pleas from:

  • Charlene R. Slater, 34, whose most recent address on record is on 11th Street in Charleston, to charges of theft and possession of a controlled substance.

Slater admitted stealing merchandise from the Mattoon Goodwill thrift store on Sept. 8, 2016, a felony offense because of a prior conviction, and having a prescription medication on April 9.

She was placed on probation for both offenses with a four-year term, the maximum possible, for the theft conviction. Terms of her sentence included an evaluation for substance abuse treatment.

Charges accusing Slater of burglarizing a vehicle, also in September 2016, and lying about her identity to police when she was arrested for the drug possession were dismissed.

O'Brien accepted a plea agreement that State's Attorney Brian Bower and Danley recommended.

  • Derek M. Stites, 28, for whom records list an address of 103 N. Logan St., Oakland, to a methamphetamine possession charge alleging he had the drug on Nov. 4, 2016.

Stites also pleaded guilty to a charge accusing him of leading police on a chase on Sept. 20 and was sentenced to 2 1/2 years of probation for both offenses. A charge alleging he also had methamphetamine on Sept. 20 was dismissed.

Probation terms included a substance abuse evaluation and payment of about $1,600 in fines and court fees. Stites also received about six weeks in jail with more jail time stayed, meaning he won't have serve it if there are no violations.

Bower and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended the plea agreement.


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