Champaign man to prison for burglary at Metanoia Center

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted breaking into a community center almost a year ago has been sentenced to five years in prison.

After a jury had been picked in September to hear the trial of Zachary Carter, 39, who listed an address in the 200 block of Bellefontaine Street, Carter pleaded guilty to the Nov. 14, 2011, burglary of the Metanoia Center Inc. at 1313 N. Clock St., C.

Assistant State's Attorney Chris Kanis said several computers, a printer-scanner, cordless phones, laminator machine, coffee maker, and a weed cutter were among the items stolen.

Kanis said police developed information that led them to Carter's address, where, about two weeks after the burglary, Detective Robb Morris drove by and noticed parts of a disassembled computer and printer on top of trash on the curb. After the trash had been collected, Morris and another detective went through the garbage truck and retrieved it, identifying printer parts as having come from the machine stolen from the Metanoia Center.

Based on that, police got a search warrant for Carter's residence and recovered several other items stolen from the Metanoia Center, including the weed cutter, computer monitor, laminator machine and coffee maker, Kanis said.

Kanis said police interviewed Carter, who admitted his role in the break-in.

Judge Heidi Ladd imposed the prison term on Carter, who has prior felony convictions for possession of a stolen vehicle, delivery of cannabis, and possession of a controlled substance. His attorney, Assistant Public Defender Jim Kuehl, asked Ladd to sentence Carter to drug court while Kanis recommended about six years in prison.

In an unrelated criminal case recently resolved in Champaign County:

— Clarence Faust, 18, whose last known address was in the 200 block of Briar Lane, Champaign, was sentenced to three months of probation and two months in the county jail after pleading guilty to unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

He admitted that on April 8, he had crack cocaine in a car that Champaign police stopped in the 900 block of West Bradley Avenue.

A more serious charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance that would have made prison mandatory was dismissed in return for Faust's plea.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said Faust had no prior convictions.

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