Champaign man sentenced to prison
URBANA — A Champaign man is going to prison for having drugs in a Champaign hotel room.
On Friday, Judge Heidi Ladd sentenced Bobby Thomas, 32, whose last known address was in the 100 block of East Roper Street, to nine years in prison after Thomas pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
Thomas will receive credit for 207 days already served in jail.
As part of a plea agreement one count of armed habitual criminal and two counts of unlawful possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance were dismissed.
According to a police report, Thomas had a loaded .38-caliber revolver in a hotel room in November 2011.
Police reports indicate officers had been watching the hotel in the 600 block of Marketview Drive where he was staying so they could arrest him on a warrant for driving under suspension.
As he left the hotel, police arrested him and found in his possession about a half-ounce of suspected cocaine, about 2 grams of suspected cannabis and a hotel room key.
Officers then obtained a search warrant for the hotel room and found the loaded gun, almost 3 ounces of suspected cocaine, two digital scales, assorted plastic bags and a sealer.