Man gets 25 years; additional charges dropped

Man gets 25 years; additional charges dropped

URBANA — A Champaign County prosecutor has dismissed criminal charges lodged against a Champaign man in the wake of his lengthy prison sentence for heroin delivery.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Bennett on Wednesday dismissed charges against Jayson Johnson, 39, of the 300 block of South Rising Road, accusing him of aggravated domestic battery and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Bennett had used information from both of those alleged crimes to aggravate the sentence that Judge Heidi Ladd doled out to Johnson in a separate case last week.

On Oct. 3, Ladd sentenced Johnson to 25 years in prison for delivery of heroin and possession with intent to deliver heroin. All those charges stemmed from criminal activity he engaged in during July 2012. A jury convicted him of those offenses.

The aggravated domestic battery charge stemmed from an incident with the mother of his son in April. The other charge alleged he had heroin intended for sale in late July 2012.

Bennett said he felt Johnson's sentence was appropriate and that there was no need to prosecute him on the other crimes.

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