Father, son sentenced to probation in cannabis case

Father, son sentenced to probation in cannabis case

URBANA — A father and son who admitted selling cannabis in Champaign have each been sentenced to 30 months of probation.

Daniel O'Donnell, 64, of the 800 block of North Lincoln Road, Champaign, and Sean O'Donnell, 36, of Chicago, were also fined more than $7,000 each after pleading guilty Monday before Judge Tom Difanis to possession with intent to deliver cannabis.

The charges stemmed from their arrests June 27, 2013, at the elder O'Donnell's Champaign home.

Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Carlson said Champaign police had received information that Sean O'Donnell was getting cannabis from Las Vegas and storing it and the money from selling it at his father's Champaign home.

After setting up a buy with the help of an informant, police got a search warrant for Daniel O'Donnell's home and a storage unit in Champaign under his control.

They found about 7 ounces (200 grams) of cannabis in the storage unit and $100,000 in cash in safes inside the home, Carlson said.

The elder O'Donnell had a prior misdemeanor conviction for battery while his son had no convictions, said Carlson.

Authorities have taken steps to seize the cash found in the home, Carlson confirmed.

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