Woman sentenced to conditional discharge in money-laundering case
URBANA — A suburban Chicago woman who admitted she brought drug proceeds to the Champaign County jail as bail for a drug dealer has been sentenced to a year of conditional discharge.
Erin Seaton, 20, of Orland Park, pleaded guilty Thursday to money laundering, admitting that on Feb. 6, she posted $10,000 cash to have now-convicted drug dealer Marshall Giorango released from the jail.
Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Carlson said a correctional officer noticed that the cash smelled of cannabis when she brought it in. Authorities then reviewed recorded phone conversations between Giorango and Seaton and could hear him instructing her to collect drug debts owed to him and to sell drugs to get enough cash to get him out of jail.
He was being held on charges of possession with intent to deliver cocaine and Ecstasy that stemmed from his arrest Feb. 3 in the parking deck of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana by University of Illinois police.
Giorango, 20, also of Orland Park, pleaded guilty in October to possession with intent to deliver cocaine and last month was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Seaton was also sentenced to 46 days in the county jail but given credit for time already served.
Under conditional discharge, she is not required to report regularly to a probation officer.
Carlson said Seaton had no prior convictions.