Probation violation leads to prison for Champaign man
URBANA — A Champaign man with a lengthy criminal record was resentenced to prison for a burglary conviction after he admitted violating his probation.
Judge Tom Difanis Tuesday resentenced Otis Brooks, 59, last of the 1500 block of South Mattis Avene, to 3 1/2 years in prison for entering a Savoy store in June 2013 intending to steal.
Brooks admitted he violated his probation for that offense by using cocaine and alcohol and struggling with two Urbana police officers in December. Court records show the officers were called to Hill Court in Urbana to remove Brooks from a domestic argument. He hit one officer in the chest and struggled with a second.
Brooks, who has eight adult children and is more than $35,000 in arrears on child support, was originally sentenced to two years of probation for the burglary to the Savoy CVS store.
Court records show he has multiple convictions for theft, disorderly conduct, battery, criminal trespass, resisting a peace officer, unlawful restraint, obstructing justice, intimidation, attempted robbery and driving under suspension.