URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted possessing heroin in Urbana last fall has been sentenced to the penitentiary.
Princeton Rush, 39, whose last known address was in the 1100 block of Austin Drive, pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of a controlled substance, admitting that he had less than a gram of heroin on Nov. 16.
He was sentenced to four years in prison with credit for 126 days already served in the county jail. He was also ordered to pay about $585 in fines.
The charges stemmed from Rush's arrest in front of his home on Austin Drive.
Police also found heroin and cannabis in a court-authorized search of his home.
Co-defendant Jerry Tate, 40, of Skokie, was inside the home when police searched. He pleaded guilty in March to possession with intent to deliver heroin for a sentence of 18 months of probation.
In other guilty pleas and sentences recently completed in Champaign County Circuit Court:
— Kevin Kelley, 46, who listed an address in Blanford, Ind., was sentenced to four years of probation for participating in methamphetamine manufacture.
Judge Tom Difanis imposed the sentenced Tuesday on Kelley, who had pleaded guilty in May.
He admitted that on Jan. 21, 2011, he was involved in cooking methamphetamine in the bathroom of a room at the Motel 6, 1906 N. Cunningham Ave., U.
Urbana police and firefighters were sent to the motel after a woman reported seeing smoke coming from the bathroom, according to a report in the court file. Police found several items in the bathroom commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine and a small amount of finished methamphetamine.
Other more serious charges related to methamphetamine manufacture were dismissed in return for Kelley's plea.
— Boming Lu, 20, whose last known address was in the 300 block of Fairlawn Drive, Urbana, was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to unlawful possession with intent to deliver cannabis.
Lu admitted that on April 27, he had between 30 and 500 grams of cannabis in the trunk of a car that University of Illinois police stopped in Champaign after receiving a tip that a white Lexus would have cannabis in it.
Lu was also ordered to pay fines in excess of $3,800.
— Zachary S. Garrels, 20, who listed an address in the 2900 block of Heritage Drive, Champaign, was sentenced to two years of probation and four months in the county jail after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol.
Garrels was arrested on Feb. 16 in west Champaign after having led Champaign County sheriff's deputies on a cat-and-mouse pursuit west of Savoy and south of Champaign that spanned about four hours.
He was finally arrested after crashing a sport utility vehicle into a ditch southwest of Champaign.
Garrels was also ordered to perform 200 hours of public service and to wear an alcohol monitoring device.
An aggravated fleeing charge was dismissed as part of his plea.