Plea in cocaine case brings 10-year sentence

Plea in cocaine case brings 10-year sentence

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted having cocaine for sale in north Urbana in August has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Jameson Johnson, 29, whose last known address was in the 1500 block of West Kirby Avenue, pleaded guilty Monday before Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said on Aug. 22, Urbana police got a search warrant for a motel in the 1900 block of North Cunningham Avenue where Johnson had been staying, after having made a previous buy of cocaine from him at that location.

Police were watching the motel and when they saw him arrive about 2 p.m., approached him to arrest him. Johnson took off running but was caught nearby.

In his room, police found about 12 grams of cocaine and a scale.

The day before, Johnson had been arrested in Champaign for fleeing from a police officer and almost striking the officer. When police caught him then, they found cocaine residue in his car. He was out on bond at the time of his arrest the next day in Urbana.

Clifton dismissed the less serious charges stemming from the fleeing in return for Johnson's guilty plea to having the cocaine intended for sale.

In addition to his court costs, Johnson was ordered to pay a $2,000 mandatory fee assessed in drug cases and a $1,300 street-value fine.

Clifton said Johnson had two prior convictions for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance as well as other for possession of a controlled substance and aggravated battery.

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