Champaign man gets 9 years in heroin case

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted he had heroin for sale while on the campus of Parkland College has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

Charles E. Nickerson, 32, who listed an address in the 1000 block of West Beardsley Avenue, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Champaign County Judge Harry Clem to possession with intent to deliver heroin within 1,000 feet of a school, a Class X felony.

Nickerson admitted that on Nov. 27, he had 9.4 grams of heroin on him at the Champaign community college, where he was a student.

In return for his guilty plea in that case, other charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin and cocaine, which were lodged about two weeks later in connection with Nickerson's arrest in Urbana, were dismissed.

Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark said Nickerson had prior convictions for domestic battery, possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence, attempted armed robbery and driving under revocation.

Nickerson was given credit on his sentence for 177 days already served in the county jail. He was also ordered to pay about $2,200 in fines and costs.

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