Prison sentence includes judge's recommendation for drug treatment

URBANA — A Champaign County judge has recommended that a man who admitted having cocaine intended for sale receive drug treatment while he's in prison.

Courtney D. Hamilton, 24, who listed an address in the 200 block of East Church Street, Champaign, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Heidi Ladd to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and was sentenced to six years in prison.

Assistant State's Attorney Chris Kanis said on Aug. 6, Hamilton was a passenger in a car that a sheriff's deputy stopped at Broadway and University avenues in Urbana for an alleged traffic violation.

Asked if he had any contraband, Hamilton said he had cannabis on him. However, a sheriff's deputy found a little more than 1 1/2 ounces (53 grams) of cocaine in three different bags on Hamilton.

And under the car seat where he was sitting were a .22-caliber revolver and a sawed-off shotgun, Kanis said.

Kanis agreed to dismiss armed violence and unlawful use of weapons charges against Hamilton in return for his plea to the drug count.

Kanis said Hamilton had a prior conviction for resisting a peace officer.

In addition to the prison sentence, Hamilton was ordered to pay fines and costs of about $7,500.

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