Man sentenced to prison for vending machine break-in

Man sentenced to prison for vending machine break-in

URBANA – An Urbana man who admitted breaking into a vending machine at a Champaign motel in December was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison.

Alonzo B. Jones, 39, who listed an address in the 1200 block of North Wright Street, pleaded guilty to theft with a prior theft, admitting that on Dec. 5, he stole cash from a machine at the Value Place Motel, 1212 W. Anthony Drive, C.

Co-defendant Ernest White, 59, of Birmingham, Ala., pleaded guilty to the same charge in late December and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Other charges of burglary against the pair were dismissed in return for their pleas.

Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar said Jones admitted he was stealing money from motel vending machines to support a drug addiction.

In other cases recently resolved in Champaign County:

– Scott W. Thompson, 38, of Monticello, pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse and was sentenced to 3- 1/2 years in prison. He admitted that on Aug. 21, he fondled a 10-year-old Urbana girl he knew in her home when her mother was away.

Assistant State's Attorney Duke Harris said Thompson had prior convictions for aggravated criminal sexual abuse, failure to register as a sex offender, theft, domestic battery, driving under the influence of alcohol, and criminal damage to property.

– Assistant State's Attorney Joel Fletcher said he dismissed charges of residential burglary and criminal trespass against Darkel Martin, 23, because the victim did not want to cooperate in Martin's prosecution.

Martin, who listed an address in the 1700 block of West Kirby Avenue, Champaign, was accused of breaking into a home in the 1100 block of Dorsey Drive in Champaign on Nov. 28 and stealing items from a woman he knew, then returning the next day.

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cats kradle wrote on February 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm

The judge must really hold junk food in high regard.