Rantoul man faces prison in drug case

Rantoul man faces prison in drug case

URBANA — A Rantoul man who admitted he had about 11 pounds of cannabis in his home in 2009 faces up to 30 years in prison when he's sentenced in April.

David Williams, 35, whose last known address was in the 300 block of North High Street, pleaded guilty Friday before Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd to possession with intent to deliver cannabis.

He admitted that on May 1, 2009, he had just under 11 pounds of cannabis in his home that Rantoul police found during a court-ordered search.

Ladd admonished Williams that because of his prior convictions, he must be sentenced as a Class X felon to between six and 30 years in prison. She set sentencing for April 4.

In other cases resolved Friday with guilty pleas:

— Vothy Vin, 20, who listed an address in the 1300 block of Sunset Drive, Rantoul, was sentenced to 30 months of probation and six months in the county jail for aggravated unlawful use of weapons.

He pleaded guilty to that offense, admitting that on Dec. 17 he carried a loaded, uncased gun in the center console of his vehicle.

University of Illinois police found the weapon when they searched his car in a parking lot at Sixth and John streets in Champaign.

Felony charges alleging Vin also had cannabis intended for sale and a small amount of cocaine were dismissed as part of his plea.

— Shane Castelo, 17, who listed an address in the 1300 block of Brighton Drive, Urbana, was sentenced to two years of first offender's probation for possessing cannabis intended for sale.

He admitted that he had between 10 and 30 grams in his car when stopped by Champaign police on South Lynn Street on Oct. 16. Police stopped the car because they suspected Castelo was involved in possible car break-ins on West Daniel Street.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said police found cannabis, a scale, a grinder, cash, plastic bags, and other drug paraphernalia in the car.

If he successfully completes the period of probation, Castelo will not have a record of a conviction.

— Vanier Joseph, 20, of Redford, Mich., was sentenced to three months in the county jail, which he'll begin serving May 14, after pleading guilty to misdemeanor theft. He admitted that he served as a lookout for another man who stole money from a man's wallet in Forbes Hall in Champaign on Aug. 25.

A more serious charge of residential burglary filed against Joseph was dismissed in return for his plea.

— Darron Shelby, 38, who listed an address at the TIMES Center, 70 E. Washington St., C, was sentenced to five years in prison for retail theft.

He admitted that on Dec. 10, he tried to steal a flat-screen television from Bergner's at the Market Place Mall in Champaign.

— Wayne Cain, 31, whose last known address was in the 1500 block of Hunter Drive, Champaign, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for retail theft over $300. He admitted that on Sept. 24, he stole a television from Walmart, 2610 N. Prospect Ave., C.

Because of prior convictions Cain was eligible for an extended prison term. He'll have to serve the sentence after he finishes one he received in McLean County. As part of his plea agreement, another burglary case in Champaign was dismissed and the state agreed not to file charges in connection with two other police reports involving Cain.

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