Drug case brings five-year prison sentence

Drug case brings five-year prison sentence

URBANA — An Urbana man with a lengthy criminal history was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for having drugs in Champaign County last year.

Tyrone Claiborne,52, who last lived locally in the 2200 block of Lantern Hill Drive, pleaded guilty Wednesday to possession of cocaine. He admitted having about 1.6 grams of it in his home on Aug. 8, 2012.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said Champaign police had been investigating Claiborne prior to that day and obtained a warrant to search his home.

They actually found a larger amount of cocaine but Claiborne was allowed to plead guilty to a Class 4 felony alleging a lesser amount.

Clifton said Claiborne's fingerprint was found on a bag of cocaine.

Clifton said Claiborne had multiple prior convictions for possession of controlled substance, burglary, theft, possession of burglary tools, deceptive practices, possession of a stolen vehicle and retail theft.

Judge Heidi Ladd explained to Claiborne that his sentence for this crime will have to be served after one he is serving for a Cook County criminal conviction.

Claiborne's girlfriend, Shantelle Johnson, 52, of the same address was also charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Her case is unresolved.

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