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.