Urbana woman sentenced to probation in drug case

Urbana woman sentenced to probation in drug case

URBANA — An Urbana woman who admitted having cocaine intended for sale in her home in 2012 has been sentenced to four years of probation.

Shantelle Johnson, 52, of the 2200 block of Lantern Hill Drive, pleaded guilty Thursday before Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. She admitted having between one and 15 grams of crack cocaine in her home on Aug. 8, 2012.

In early December, her boyfriend, Tyrone Claiborne, 52, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine for having about 1.6 grams of it in their home on Aug. 8, 2012. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said Champaign police had been investigating the couple for some time, before obtaining a search warrant for the home on that August day. They found about 14 grams of crack cocaine, he said.

Johnson pleaded guilty to a Class 1 felony and was also fined about $2,710. A more serious Class X felony drug charge was dismissed in return for her plea.

Clifton said she had prior convictions for possession of a controlled substance, possession of weapons, forgery, obstructing justice, harassment by phone, and making a false report.

Clifton said Claiborne also 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.

He was ordered to serve the drug possession sentence after one he received from Cook County.

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