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CHARLESTON — A Mattoon man was sentenced to prison after he admitted battering a woman last month.

Luke B. Turnbaugh, 29, pleaded guilty to a domestic battery charge that accused him of grabbing the woman and throwing her to the ground on March 27.

Domestic battery can be filed as a misdemeanor for the first offense. However, Turnbaugh was charged with a felony because he has a prior conviction.

With the agreement reached in his case, he was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for the conviction that could have resulted in a one- to three-year prison term. Prison time wasn't required.

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A methamphetamine possession charge in connection with the same incident was dismissed.

However, Turnbaugh also recently pleaded guilty to a methamphetamine possession charge in Moultrie County, where he received his earlier domestic battery conviction.

In that case, he received a three-year prison sentence that will run at the same time as his Coles County prison term.

In the Coles County case, Circuit Judge James Glenn sentenced Turnbaugh by accepting the terms of a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Jenifer Schiavone and defense attorney Todd Reardon recommended.

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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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