Cocaine plea brings probation

Cocaine plea brings probation

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted having cocaine in his home earlier this year has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Kendun Payne, 31, whose last known address was in the 400 block of East Columbia Avenue, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Judge Rich Klaus to possession of a controlled substance, admitting that on March 12, he had cocaine residue in his home.

The drugs were found in a court-ordered search done by Champaign County sheriff's deputies who had been investigating Payne's alleged drug activity for several months.

Payne was also sentenced to 79 days in jail but given credit for time already served and fined $500.

Under the terms of a plea agreement worked out by his attorney, Dan Jackson of Champaign, and Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark, other more serious counts alleging possession with intent to deliver cocaine and delivery of cocaine were dismissed.

Payne was on parole for a 2008 drug-related conviction at the time of his arrest. Court records show that Payne also has a 2001 drug conviction.

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