Man absent for resentencing to prison after probation violation

Man absent for resentencing to prison after probation violation

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted he violated his probation for domestic battery was resentenced Tuesday to six years in prison.

However, David Pye, 49, who last lived in the 2700 block of Lawndale Drive, wasn't present to hear the sentence.

Pye admitted in December that he violated his probation for domestic battery with a prior domestic battery conviction by committing criminal trespass to property. He admitted he went to Restoration Urban Ministries in Champaign after having been ordered not to be on the premises.

Because of prior criminal convictions — court records showed at least 30 since the early 1980s — Pye was eligible for an extended term of up to six years on the underlying conviction.

Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Carlson asked Judge Tom Difanis to impose the maximum sentence, saying that Pye had been "manipulating" probation by asking for additional chances to straighten out his life but not doing that.

His attorney, Assistant Public Defender George Vargas, asked Difanis to consider that Pye has mental health problems and impose a sentence closer to the minimum of three years if he wouldn't consider more probation.

Difanis noted that Pye failed to take advantage of multiple attempts to connect him with mental health services and said as recently as two weeks ago he had tested positive for the continued use of cocaine and cannabis.

"The fact that's he's not here speaks volumes," said Difanis, calling Pye "dangerous."

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