Man sentenced in forgery case

URBANA — A Tolono man who wrote bad checks on his father's bank account and forged a prescription has been sentenced to drug court probation and ordered to repay his father.

Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis on Thursday sentenced John M. Sheets, 32, to 30 months of the probation program designed to give defendants help with drug addictions.

Sheets pleaded guilty in late June to forgery, admitting that in September 2011, he wrote a check on his father's account. He also pleaded guilty in a separate case to a count of forgery for presenting a fake prescription at a Champaign drug store in October 2011.

As part of his sentence, he was ordered to repay his father $3,634.

A separate charge of residential burglary was dismissed as part of his plea agreement.

In an unrelated case before Judge Heidi Ladd on Friday:

— Richard J. Failla, 21, who listed an address in the 200 block of East Daniel Street, Champaign, was sentenced to two years of first offender's probation after pleading guilty to possession with intent to deliver cannabis.

He admitted having the cannabis at an apartment in the 900 block of South Second Street on March 14 that University of Illinois police searched as part of an ongoing investigation.

Failla admitted having between 10 and 30 grams of cannabis.

Co-defendant Christopher Flores, 22, of the Second Street address, pleaded guilty late last month to possession of a controlled substance for the same sentence. He admitted possessing less than a gram of methylphenidate, commonly referred to as Ritalin.

Both men were University of Illinois students. They were also ordered to perform 30 hours of public service.

If they successfully complete the period of probation, they'll have no record of a felony conviction.

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