Champaign man sentenced for heroin possession

Champaign man sentenced for heroin possession

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted possessing heroin was sentenced Tuesday to a year of conditional discharge.

Donovan D. Hill, 24, who listed an address in the 1200 block of Mimosa Drive, pleaded guilty before Judge Tom Difanis to possession of less than 15 grams of heroin, admitting he had the drug when he was a passenger in a car on Sept. 4.

The car was stopped by Champaign police near the intersection of Fairview Drive and Winding Lane and police found open alcohol and plastic bags in the car and a shoebox containing about 9 grams of cocaine. The driver, Christopher Palmer, 23, of Urbana, was also arrested. He is tentatively scheduled to plead guilty in February.

Conditional discharge is a form of probation without the requirement of reporting to a probation officer.

Hill was also fined about $1,400 and sentenced to 62 days in jail but given credit for time already served.

Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Carlson dismissed more serious Class X felony charges alleging that Hill possessed cocaine and heroin within 1,000 feet of a church in that neighborhood.

Carlson said Hill had prior convictions for battery and theft.

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Bulldogmojo wrote on January 21, 2014 at 12:01 pm

"alleging that Hill possessed cocaine and heroin within 1,000 feet of a church"

I could understand a school but how is "A church" a parameter in the drug possession law??

I guess it is symbolic of Jesus insisting that the two thieves crucified with him be staked at least 1000 feet away. LOL 

Absurd religious non-sense permeating our laws

Chreston wrote on January 21, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Why yes that is a parameter!  Why not try to deter drug dealing around schools, churches and parks by enhancing the penalties? Absurd thinking by some permeating our faith!!?? In fact post your address and maybe we will recommend your front yard to the local drug dealers so that my church is not subjected to drug dealing. I would hate for a drug dealer to be punished for their contribution to the diminishing normal society that we once lived in. Where is the support for law instead of the support for criminal activity??!! 









Bulldogmojo wrote on January 22, 2014 at 8:01 am

No, the religious don't want their little world of delusion that they are somehow "Chosen" to be interrupted by having to step over other humans in despair and the downtrodden to get to their potluck/bible study. Religion is poison and only harms humanity. 

I also find it absurd churches want a safety buffer zone but they are challenging the law allowing a buffer zone for women's health/abortion clinics so they can threaten and intimidate women just going for an appointment face to face.

BTW, What makes you think I don't have drug dealers on my street?

Until recently I lived on Louisiana Avenue It's only two blocks long and drug dealers all over the place, how about you and your church goer pals go up there and sell them the lord since you are such a believer?