Drug plea brings prison sentence

Drug plea brings prison sentence

URBANA — A Chicago man who admitted he had cocaine on him when he was driving a motorized scooter on a city sidewalk has been sentenced to prison.

Virl Seals, 36, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd to unlawful possession of a controlled substance for a 3 1/2-year term.

On June 20, Seals was riding a scooter recklessly on the sidewalk in the 900 block of South Lierman Avenue, according to Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton. An Urbana police officer who stopped Seals for that found he was wanted on a warrant. The officer also found about 10 rocks of crack cocaine weighing just over a gram in Seals' pocket.

A more serious charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance was dismissed in return for his plea.

Clifton said Seals had prior convictions for possession of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance, aggravated discharge of a firearm, aggravated battery, domestic battery, trespass to vehicle and disorderly conduct.

Seals was given credit on his sentence for 244 days already served in the county jail.

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