Champaign man admits selling cocaine, gets prison
URBANA — A Champaign man was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison for selling crack cocaine in that city last year.
As Derrick Barber's jury trial was set to begin, the 36-year-old Barber pleaded guilty before Judge Heidi Ladd to unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, admitting that on Sept. 25, he sold cocaine to an informant working with Champaign police.
Barber, whose last known address was in the 2600 block of Dale Drive, was arrested that day by Champaign police for a series of cocaine sales that the narcotics officers had overseen in July, August and September.
Charges stemming from the other sales were dismissed in return for Barber's plea.
Because of his criminal record, which included prior convictions for delivery of a controlled substance, aggravated battery and possession of weapons by a felon, Barber had to be sentenced as a Class X felon to between six and 30 years in prison.
Court records show Barber was on parole for a 2000 federal drug conviction at the time of his arrest.