CHARLESTON -- A Mattoon man was sentenced to prison when he admitted stealing from a storage building while on parole from an earlier burglary conviction sentence.
Anthony S.T. Hensley pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge that accused him of stealing items from a storage unit at Jake's Storage, 1109 S. 19th St., Mattoon, between March and May of last year.
Hensley, 37, for whom records show addresses on Richmond Avenue and South 17th Street, was sentenced to three years in prison with the agreement reached in his case.
The agreement also included dismissal of burglary charges that would have required at least six years in prison with a conviction.
One of the dismissed burglary charges was in connection with the theft from the storage unit, while another accused Hensley of stealing from a shed at a Mattoon residence while doing remodeling work there on May 6.
Hensley was paroled from prison in September 2017 after serving about two years of the four-year prison sentence he received in 2015 for burglary and drug possession convictions, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records.
Because he was on parole at the time of the more recent offenses, he could be required to serve the rest of his earlier sentence as well as the new prison term.
According to records in the storage unit theft case, the items stolen included several baseball caps. The owner notified police after recognizing the caps after seeing them for sale on a social media page linked to Hensley, the records say.
In the dismissed burglary case, records say Hensley was working for a contractor doing remodeling work at the residence and the stolen tools were later found at his residence.
The three-year sentence Hensley received was the maximum possible prison term for the charge to which he pleaded guilty.
He had faced the requirement of a six- to 30-year prison sentence if convicted of the burglary charges. The offense can normally result in a prison sentence of three to seven years but Hensley was eligible for the longer term because of his criminal record.
His record also shows earlier burglary and theft convictions for which he served prison time.
As part of his sentence, Hensley was also ordered to pay about $900 in fines and court fees.
Coles County Circuit Judge James Glenn sentenced Hensley by accepting the terms of a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Rob Scales and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.