Brothers get jail time, probation in cocaine case

Brothers get jail time, probation in cocaine case

URBANA — Twin brothers who admitted having cocaine in their campus-area apartment last year have been sentenced to probation and 60 days in the Champaign County jail.

James and Paul McElwain, 21, were University of Illinois students from Palatine living in the 0-100 block of East John Street, Champaign, in April 2011 when they were arrested for having cocaine intended for sale.

Their arrests stemmed from an April 26, 2011, search of their apartment by the Champaign police department's narcotics unit. Police found just under an ounce of powder cocaine, $2,240 cash, packaging materials and scales.

Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber said because of the pair's cooperation with police and their lack of any prior record, she agreed to let them plead guilty to a less serious charge of felony possession of controlled substance, which allowed them to receive sentences of two years of probation and 60 days in jail. They can get credit for good time, meaning they'll be out in 30 days.

The brothers had been charged with a Class X felony that would have meant a mandatory prison sentence upon conviction.

Judge Tom Difanis, who accepted the negotiated plea, ordered the twins, who ran a disc jockey service known as Milk and Cookies, to report for jail on Nov. 20.

The UI directory no longer lists the brothers as students.

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