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CHARLESTON -- A man received the maximum probation term possible when he admitted having marijuana he planned to sell.

Devon R. Foster, 25, for whom records list addresses of 1519 12th St., Charleston, and in Chicago, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.

With the agreement reached in his case, Foster was sentenced to 2 1/2 years of probation for the conviction that also could have resulted in a prison term of two to 10 years.

He was eligible for an extended term had he received prison time because of a prior Cook County robbery conviction.

Probation terms included an evaluation for substance abuse treatment and a requirement that Foster follow its recommendations.

He was also ordered to pay about $1,600 in fines and court fees. Jail time was stayed, so Foster won't have to serve it if he follows his sentence's other requirements.

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

In other recent drug cases:

  • Steven A. Bridges, 58, whose address on record is 113 S. Walnut St., Oakland, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years of probation for having marijuana and methamphetamine and driving with a revoked license.

Case records indicate that the drugs and a gun were found in an unoccupied vehicle in a rural location on Feb. 19 of last year and Bridges was later identified as the owner.

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Bridges was also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, which was based on his criminal record and would have required prison time. That charge was dismissed.

He pleaded guilty in December to charges of possession of cannabis, methamphetamine possession and driving while license revoked.

Probation terms included a treatment evaluation and stayed jail time.

Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien sentenced Bridges based on recommendations from Assistant State's Attorney Tom Bucher and Ortega.

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  • Antonio L. Ghazaini, 26, for whom records list an address of 1075 Seventh St., Charleston, pleaded guilty to a methamphetamine possession charge alleging he had the drug on Dec. 19.

A charge accusing Ghazaini of also having a prescription medication was dismissed and he was sentenced to two years of probation. Terms included a treatment evaluation, various fines and fees, and stayed jail time.

Glenn accepted a plea agreement that Wolf and Ortega recommended.

  • Amanda M. Mitchell, 37, who listed an address of homeless in Mattoon, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of a controlled substance accusing her of having a prescription painkiller on Nov. 2.

A charge alleging Mitchell also had methamphetamine was dismissed and she received two years of second chance probation, which can result in no record of a conviction if completed successfully.

Glenn accepted a plea agreement that prosecutor Ralph Fowler and Assistant Public Defender Stephanie Corum 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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