Plea entered in heroin case

URBANA — A Champaign woman who had been charged with having heroin has been sentenced to first offender’s probation.

Julia T. Jones, 25, who listed an address in the 1000 block of North Third Street, pleaded guilty last week before Judge Harry Clem to possession of a controlled substance, admitting that there was heroin in her home on Dec. 14.

If she successfully completes the two years of probation without any further difficulties, Jones will have no record of a conviction.

Other charges alleging she obstructed justice and had heroin intended for sale were dismissed in return for her plea. Jones was also ordered to perform 30 hours of public service

Two days before Jones pleaded guilty, her boyfriend, Charles E. Nickerson, 32, of Champaign, was sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to deliver heroin. That plea stemmed from his having the drug at Parkland College in November. Other charges alleging Nickerson had heroin at Jones’ home were dismissed as part of his plea agreement.

Jones was employed as a parking enforcement officer for the city of Urbana. She had been on unpaid leave from the police department while her case was pending but no decision has yet been made about her job.

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