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.