Probation in Mahomet school burglary
URBANA — A Mahomet teen who admitted he burgled the high school in that village has been sentenced to three years of probation.
Travis Hinton, 18, who listed an address in the 700 block of Heather Drive, will also have to spend his holiday break in the county jail.
He pleaded guilty Tuesday before Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis to a single count of burglary, admitting that on March 7 he entered the Mahomet-Seymour High School greenhouse and took a grow light and a generator.
A witness saw Hinton and another man near the school and called police. Police found him and Austin Childress, 17, also of Mahomet, in a truck near the school with the stolen items. Childress was also charged with burglary and is set to be back in court Dec. 20.
Another charge against Hinton alleging he possessed cannabis intended for sale at his home in March was dismissed.
Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber said the state crime lab could find no illegal substance in the herb-like substance that police seized in a search of his home two days after the high school burglary.
Hinton was allowed to turn himself in to begin serving his 30-day jail sentence on Dec. 21.