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CHARLESTON -- Selling methamphetamine to a police cooperative and having more of the drug for planned sales resulted in a prison sentence of seven years for a Mattoon man.

Wilson R. Hatten received the sentence after pleading guilty to charges of delivery of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Hatten, 31, for whom court records list an address of 1012 N. 11th St., Mattoon, was arrested as part of an "ongoing investigation," according to records in his case.

The arrest took place on May 13 of last year when the records indicate officers with the East Central Illinois Task Force drug investigation unit located him in the parking lot of the Mattoon Rural King store.

The officers found 11 grams of methamphetamine on Hatten and another 14 grams in his vehicle, a total of just less than an ounce, according the records.

They also say officers also notified Hatten that they conducted a 3-gram methamphetamine purchase from him four days earlier, using a person cooperating with the investigation as the buyer, the records say.

The possession with intent to deliver charge originally accused Hatten of having between 15 and 100 grams of methamphetamine planned for sale.

The amount of the drug in that charge meant a conviction would have required a prison sentence of six to 30 years.

However, with the agreement reached in his case, the charge was reduced so it could bring a sentence of four to 15 years without prison time required.

The methamphetamine delivery charge to which Hatten pleaded guilty had a possible prison sentence of three to seven years but also without mandatory prison time.

Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien imposed seven-year prison terms for each offense but ordered them to run at the same time.

O'Brien denied a defense request to allow Hatten a three-day furlough to address personal matters before returning to jail to await transport to prison.

The judge sentenced Hatten by accepting the terms of a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf and Assistant Public Defender Jesse Danley recommended.



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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