Urbana man who admitted having heroin gets prison

URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted having heroin for sale has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Dequan Clark, 22, whose last known address was in the 1600 block of Ivanhoe Way, pleaded guilty Monday as his jury trial on the drug case was set to begin.

Clark pleaded guilty before Judge Tom Difanis to possession with intent to deliver heroin, admitting that on May 10 he had between 1 and 15 grams of the drug in individual packages.

Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Carlson said Champaign police found about 13 grams of heroin in 53 bags on Clark during a traffic stop on Bradley Avenue.

In return for his guilty plea in that case, another less serious felony case alleging he had drugs intended for sale was dismissed.

Carlson said Clark had prior convictions for reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated battery. He was on parole for aggravated battery at the time of his arrest.

Difanis agreed to recommend Clark for the Department of Corrections' boot camp program.

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