Guilty plea brings nine-year prison sentence

Guilty plea brings nine-year prison sentence

URBANA — A Rantoul man who admitted having cocaine intended for sale at a home in Rantoul almost a year ago has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

John L. Jenkins, 46, who listed an address in the 400 block of South Steffler Street, pleaded guilty to having cocaine on May 12, 2011.

Rantoul police found the drugs as they were about to do a court-ordered search of Jenkins' residence. Jenkins and his girlfriend left their apartment as police were assembling, so police stopped the car they were in and found cocaine, cannabis and a gun.

Other charges of armed violence and possession with intent to deliver cannabis against Jenkins were dismissed in return for his plea.

Cherise Holliman, 42, pleaded guilty in August to unlawful possession of a stolen firearm and was sentenced to three years of probation.

In other cases recently resolved with guilty pleas and sentences imposed by Champaign County judges:

— Audie Wright, 22, whose last known address was in the 1700 block of South Mattis Avenue, Champaign, was sentenced to eight years in prison for two separate aggravated batteries to which he pleaded guilty. Judge Harry Clem agreed to recommend to the Department of Corrections that Wright receive boot camp.

Wright pleaded guilty to striking a pregnant woman in the face and kicking her in the stomach on July 21, 2011, in the 2000 block of Broadmoor Drive, and to hitting a man with a glass bottle in the Silver Bullet Bar, 1401 E. Washington St., U, on Nov. 25.

He was sentenced to four years in prison on each crime, to be served consecutively. If accepted into the Impact Incarceration program, he could be out in 120 days.

— Sherrick Cooper, 24, who listed an address in the 900 block of South Lierman Avenue, Urbana, was sentenced to seven years in prison for aggravated unlawful use of weapons.

Judge Tom Difanis agreed to recommend him for boot camp.

Cooper admitted that on Dec. 12, he had an uncased, loaded gun at an apartment in the 900 block of North Broadway Avenue in Urbana. Police had surrounded the building after Cooper and others had holed up in one apartment after allegedly forcing their way into another apartment in the same building.

Other charges of attempted armed robbery and residential burglary were dismissed in return for Cooper's plea.

Because of a 2005 drug conviction, Cooper is not allowed to possess a weapon.

— Teyha R. Lee, 20, whose last known address was in the 1400 block of Hollyhill Drive, Champaign, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for aggravated battery.

She pleaded guilty in December to biting a man who tried to detain her for stealing at the Gordmans store in Champaign on Sept. 12.

— Amy Foster, 35, of Foosland, and Parlene Pursley, 43, of the 1000 block of Austin Drive, Urbana, each pleaded guilty to misdemeanor unlawful use of weapons for a sentence of one year of probation and a $500 fine.

The women admitted that on Nov. 8 they had pistols while inside Boomerang's Bar & Grill at 1309 E. Washington St., U.

At the time, the women were employed for a private security agency providing security at an east Urbana apartment complex. More serious felony weapons charges were dismissed in return for their pleas.

— Maurice Conley, 36, of Mansfield, was sentenced to 30 months of probation and six months in the county jail for resisting a peace officer. He pleaded guilty in February to getting into a tussle with an Urbana police officer on July 10, 2011, after the officer tried to stop him from being on property in east Urbana from which Conley had been banned.

The officer sustained injuries to his knees and finger in the scuffle, police said.

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billbtri5 wrote on March 28, 2012 at 10:03 am

hey that FOID law is really paying off as I  see that not one person was charged with not having one.....

when we get that new handgun registration law from Chicago, that will really make a difference...

sameeker wrote on March 28, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Why does Jenkins get 9 years and the woman get probation? I believe in equal rights.