Monticello man sentenced to 15 years for burglary

MONTICELLO — A Monticello man who admitted breaking into a business in Mansfield has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Richard W. Richardson, 40, pleaded guilty late last month in Piatt County Circuit Court to a single count of burglary, admitting that on Nov. 20, 2011, he broke into the BP Gas station, 502 N. McKinley St., and stole liquor and other merchandise.

Because of prior convictions for residential burglary, burglary, and theft, Richardson was eligible for sentencing as a Class X offender and faced up to 30 years in prison.

Co-defendant Donnie Clevenger, 32, of Seymour, pleaded guilty in July to the same burglary and was sentenced to four years in prison.

In an unrelated case recently resolved in Piatt County:

— Kenneth Stukins, 36, whose last known address was in DeLand, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver cannabis for a sentence of six years in prison.

He admitted having just over 6 pounds of cannabis intended for sale at his home on North East Street in DeLand on Jan. 5 when area officers did a court-ordered search of his home.

Stukins was also fined more than $18,000.

Cannabis-related charges against his wife are pending. She's due back in court for a status hearing on her case in mid-November.

Court records indicate Kenneth Stukins had prior convictions for delivery of a controlled substance, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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