Plea deal makes Peacock eligible for probation

Plea deal makes Peacock eligible for probation

URBANA - A former area athlete has an opportunity to avoid serving more time in prison.

Champaign County Circuit Judge Tom Difanis on Monday allowed Urbana native Charles "Tyke" Peacock to withdraw a previous guilty plea to burglary in exchange for a guilty plea to unlawful use of a credit card.

Peacock's public defender, Jamie Propps, filed a motion on Monday to vacate judgment on the burglary sentence and to allow Peacock, 50, to plead guilty to the unlawful use of a credit card charge.

Assistant State's Attorney Joel Fletcher then agreed to dismiss the burglary charge.

According to State's Attorney Julia Rietz, the change in charges means Peacock could receive probation when Difanis sentences him on the credit card conviction on May 2.

The burglary conviction would have been non-probationable.

Peacock, a former track and basketball athlete, has been recovering from an addiction to cocaine at the Men's Substance Abuse Free Environment House, a 12-month rehabilitation program operated through the Canaan Baptist Church in Urbana.

"Peacock had previously been sentenced to six years in prison on the burglary charge, but Judge Difanis gave him time to turn himself in to serve the sentence," Rietz said. "Given his participation in drug treatment, an agreement was reached to allow him to withdraw the plea and re-plead to unlawful use of a credit card, which is a probationable offense."

Rietz added that Peacock still faces a potential prison sentence of two to five years.

Peacock pleaded guilty in October 2010 to entering the County Market on Philo Road in Urbana on March 13, 2009, intending to use a stolen credit card. Fletcher said Peacock had prior convictions for robbery, theft, residential burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia and cannabis and a false report to law enforcement.

Propps said she was pleased Peacock would be eligible for probation.

"I have faith that Tyke can be a pillar in the community," Propps said. "I really hope that he takes this time to re-establish his connection with his family and re-establish his connection with the community. I hope he can become a role model in the future for the local youth."

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welive wrote on March 21, 2011 at 6:03 pm

OK IF THIS GUY WAS NOT A FORMER athlete he would be sitting in jail right another athlete who is above the law

packwack wrote on March 21, 2011 at 10:03 pm

That is ridiculous. His name is Tyke Peacock, a man who made a lot of mistakes and now has decided to clean up his life. It ain't like he hasn't served time for some of his transgression. He was in the prison twice (So much for any benefits of being an athlete 27 years ago). There is a thing called another chance. Maybe, just maybe, he will get it right this time. I for one, being a non-athlete who got a second and third chance, would love to see him successful. Now 20 years later I can say.....Praise God!!! Someone had enough faith in me to care.

SouthernMan wrote on March 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm

This reply is from the previous post from "Urbana's Peacock awaits decision by judge" by crzycat and I agree.
The News Gazette reporter Jenn Kloc did not do her job when it came to researching this man prior to publishing this news story. The readers deserve the whole story, not just a story about a supposedly great man finding God and getting off drugs. Why were the felony warrants in Arizona not mentioned in this story?
This guy is a predator that needs to be taken off the streets. I doubt Arizona will spend the money to extradite him back for the felony warrants he is facing there that he decided to not appear on. I'm glad he found God and the Holy Spirit but he may be using religion as a means to escape incarceration. People like him make me happy we have the 2nd Amendment Right .
http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/docket/
http://apps.supremecourt.az.gov/publicaccess/
CR2007-163869
Peacock, Charles - DOB: 2/1961
CR2008-126339
Peacock, Charles - DOB: 2/1961
CR2008-131196
Peacock, Charles - DOB: 2/1961
CR2008-174646
Peacock, Charles - DOB: 2/1961
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CHARLES PEACOCK DEFENDANT 02/1961 PHOENIX, AZ Maricopa County Superior
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CHARLES W. PEACOCK DEFENDANT 02/1961 Tempe, AZ 85283 Agua Fria Justice
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CHARLES WILLIAM PEACOCK DEFENDANT 02/1961 PHOENIX, AZ 85048 Surprise Municipal
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CHARLES WILLIAM PEACOCK DEFENDANT 02/1961 AVONDALE, AZ 85323 Phoenix Municipal
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CHARLES WILLIAM PEACOCK DEFENDANT 02/1961 PHOENIX, AZ 85048 Avondale Municipal
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CHARLES WILLIAM PEACOCK DEFENDANT 02/1961 Phoenix, AZ 85048 Maricopa County Superior
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CHARLES WILLIAM PEACOCK DEFENDANT 02/1961 PHOENIX, AZ Maricopa County Superior
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CHARLES WILLIAM PEACOCK DEFENDANT 02/1961 PHOENIX, AZ Maricopa County Superior
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CHARLES WILLIAM PEACOCK DEFENDANT 02/1961 Tempe, AZ 85283 Estrella Mountain Justice

crzycat wrote on March 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm

His alias is Tyke Peacock. His real name is Charles Peacock. Check out his felony warrants in Arizona under his real name Charles Peacock. He seems to have manipulated the court system and news media in Champaign County for his benefit. I feel sorry for his next victims because there will be more since this man does not seem to have changed.

crzycat wrote on March 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Well the courts failed us again.

The News Gazette reporter Jenn Kloc did not do her job when it came to researching this man prior to publishing this news story. The readers deserve the whole story, not just a story about a supposedly great man finding God and getting off drugs. Why were the felony warrants in Arizona not mentioned in this story?

This guy is a predator that needs to be taken off the streets. I doubt Arizona will spend the money to extradite him back for the felony warrants he is facing there that he decided to not appear on. I'm glad he found God and the Holy Spirit but he may be using religion as a means to escape incarceration. People like him make me happy we have the 2nd Amendment Right .

http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/docket/
http://apps.supremecourt.az.gov/publicaccess/

CR2007-163869
Peacock, Charles - DOB: 2/1961
CR2008-126339
Peacock, Charles - DOB: 2/1961
CR2008-131196
Peacock, Charles - DOB: 2/1961
CR2008-174646
Peacock, Charles - DOB: 2/1961

S-0700-CR-2008131196
CHARLES PEACOCK DEFENDANT 02/1961 PHOENIX, AZ Maricopa County Superior
J-0714-TR-2007159727
CHARLES W. PEACOCK DEFENDANT 02/1961 Tempe, AZ 85283 Agua Fria Justice
M-0761-CR-601161
CHARLES WILLIAM PEACOCK DEFENDANT 02/1961 PHOENIX, AZ 85048 Surprise Municipal
M-0741-3550325
CHARLES WILLIAM PEACOCK DEFENDANT 02/1961 AVONDALE, AZ 85323 Phoenix Municipal
M-0760-CR-200800261
CHARLES WILLIAM PEACOCK DEFENDANT 02/1961 PHOENIX, AZ 85048 Avondale Municipal
S-0700-CR-2007163869
CHARLES WILLIAM PEACOCK DEFENDANT 02/1961 Phoenix, AZ 85048 Maricopa County Superior
S-0700-CR-2008126339
CHARLES WILLIAM PEACOCK DEFENDANT 02/1961 PHOENIX, AZ Maricopa County Superior
S-0700-CR-2008174646
CHARLES WILLIAM PEACOCK DEFENDANT 02/1961 PHOENIX, AZ Maricopa County Superior
J-0703-TR-2008129691
CHARLES WILLIAM PEACOCK DEFENDANT 02/1961 Tempe, AZ 85283 Estrella Mountain Justice