Urbana teen admits selling cocaine, gets prison term

URBANA — An Urbana teen who admitted selling cocaine to a police informant has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Because of a prior conviction in 2012 for delivery of a controlled substance, Jamonte Hill, 19, whose last known address was in the 1000 block of Geraldine Avenue, had to be sentenced to prison for this conviction for delivery of a controlled substance.

Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar said Hill pleaded guilty before Judge Tom Difanis on Friday to selling 0.27 gram of cocaine to a source working with Urbana police on Busey Avenue on Jan. 14.

Two other counts alleging different sales in January were dismissed in that case. Also dismissed were a second felony case alleging Hill sold cocaine in March and a third felony case alleging that he fired a gun on June 7 on Mimosa Drive in north Champaign, the first in a string of approximately nine shootings in Champaign during June. No one was physically hurt in that shooting.

As part of the plea for prison, Hill's probation in a 2012 drug-related case was terminated unsuccessfully.

Lozar said Hill also had juvenile adjudications for drug-related offenses from 2008 and 2011.

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787 wrote on July 19, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Typical Julia Reitz slop job.

Only convicted on one of three felonies.

Champaign County deserves better than what we have now.... which is next to nothing.

He'll likley be out and terrorizing the streets in around three years.