Man not present for sentencing to prison in drug case

Man not present for sentencing to prison in drug case

URBANA — An Urbana man who pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine last summer has been sentenced to prison.

Sean Martin, 21, wasn't present Thursday though, to hear Judge Heidi Ladd give him six years in prison.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said the sentence stemmed from Martin's possession of cocaine on June 5 within 1,000 feet of Victory Park in the 900 block of East Green Street in Urbana.

Martin, whose last known address was in the 1000 block of East Water Street, was arrested after he knocked on the door of a relative on East High Street but the relative didn't recognize him and called police to report a suspicious person.

Police took Martin into custody on an outstanding city ordinance violation and a drug-sniffing dog alerted to the presence of cocaine in his car. It turned out to be a little over a gram.

Martin pleaded guilty in September to a Class 4 felony but was eligible for an extended prison term due to prior convictions, which included domestic battery, domestic battery with a prior domestic battery conviction, violation of an order of protection, and unlawful restraint, Clifton said.

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