Cocaine possession yields prison sentence

URBANA — An Urbana man who had cocaine intended for sale in that city last fall has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Mark A. Barber, 20, of the 0-100 block of Toni Lane pleaded guilty Thursday before Champaign County Judge Harry Clem to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

He admitted that on Oct. 11, he had a bag of cocaine near where he had been sitting in a car. The car was in a parking lot, outside a business in the 1800 block of South Philo Road, that Urbana police officers had been watching as part of a drug detail.

Barber pleaded guilty to having a Class 2 felony amount of cocaine. In exchange, a more serious felony alleging a greater amount was dismissed.

He was also fined about $1,260.

Clem agreed to let Barber turn himself in on April 2 to begin serving his sentence.

Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark said Barber had prior convictions for domestic battery and aggravated battery and three for possession of a controlled substance.

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