Urbana man sentenced to eight years for cannabis

Urbana man sentenced to eight years for cannabis

URBANA — An Urbana man who failed to show up at his sentencing hearing Wednesday was sentenced to eight years in prison for possessing cannabis intended for sale.

Leronus Johnson III, 26, whose last known address was in the 1100 block of East Colorado Avenue, pleaded guilty in November to possession with intent to deliver cannabis, admitting that on July 9, he had about four ounces of cannabis in individual bags and scales in the laundry room of an apartment complex in the 2000 block of Philo Road in Urbana. Security guards found him and called police.

Judge Tom Difanis imposed the sentence even though Johnson did not show up. Court records show he has three prior convictions for possession with intent to deliver cannabis.

A second count of obstructing justice in connection with his July arrest and an unrelated misdemeanor case alleging he had under 10 grams of cannabis in August were dismissed in return for Johnson's plea.


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True Story wrote on January 24, 2013 at 11:01 am

A picture of the wanted felon would be helpful..

Love until it Hurts then Lo... wrote on January 24, 2013 at 12:01 pm


Maybe if we actually listen to Ron Paul and implement what he has been saying for years, this young man could become a successful businessperson instead of a convicted felon.  Just like a bar owner is regarded as a businessperson, so can this young man become one too if we stop failed policies that have cost us billions and has incarcerated millions of young men like the one mentioned above.  

Time for the government to stop regulating what Americans put in their bodies, and start promoting a culture of self-reliance, self-governance.  It is time to wake up America, and really start to evaluate how we live our everyday lives.  Maybe the money we spend trying to police drugs could be spent on better security for our schools, more qualified teachers teaching our young ones, and less taxes that Americans would have to pay to support failed programs and policies.

We must be able to govern ourselves internally, and not rely on anyone else to regulate our lives.  God Bless!

Utowner wrote on January 24, 2013 at 4:01 pm

I agree 100%.  I also think our belief is becoming more mainstream.  

Bulldogmojo wrote on January 24, 2013 at 4:01 pm

8 Years in jail, a wrecked life and hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes to throw him into a system he will never have hopes of being completely free from for distribution of marijuana which is now legal in several states, but million dollar homes for physicians who prescribe clinically pure synthetic heroine to every opiate addicted whiner who fakes back pain. Brilliant !!

82sage wrote on January 24, 2013 at 6:01 pm

   We inprison way too many people for nonviolent crimes this being a prime example. I do NOT smoke canabis, I am not proposing the legalization of so I can smoke canabis. Our whole justice system is outdated and contrary to a successful society. I am not interested in allowing violent criminals to walk but people like this young man have no business being locked up at our expense. We are broke as a nation. This man could be a business man and taxed. Instead he is being made a burden to us. Would be interesting to see the amount of money we spend to get these "criminals" off the street. How we as a society allow the consumption of alcohol and do not allow the smoking of an herb is beyond me. Again I do not smoke weed and haven't for a long time. However I am aware that I could never smoke enough weed that I would stagger or slur my speech. Hell it may even help the economy in more ways than one. Tax it instead of spending countless millions to fight it. I do believe pot smokers get the munchies. Unlike alcohol the potheads tend to mellow and this is just one example of a present crime, there is a large list of people locked up right now that were taken from their tax paying income to be put in jail and become a burden. I am NOT for allowing violent criminals to walk but the theory of locking people up for punishment is way beyond correcting behavior. If any of you have been locked up you know their is little to no chance a person comes out for the better. Of course released with all the education they have received from truly hardened criminals. Crazy train of thinking. IMO...

welive wrote on January 24, 2013 at 6:01 pm

so great to see our tax $ working for us.hey IL time to legalize.and just maybe we can house people in prisons that really need to be there.

Avarage cost per inmate is $24000.00 per year. Thats more then most people make. Thank you