Probation violation leads to prison for Champaign man

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.

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PBrooks wrote on July 07, 2014 at 4:07 pm

 He that is without sin cast the first stone.  Our legal system is the only sytem that doesn't let a person live their past down.  In my opinion, if a person has paid a debt for a crime committed in their past the states attorneys office should not to be able to use it against them to get a conviction. Just because a person holds an office or has  a badge doesn't make them always right.. I was there the night in question when Otis supposedly attacked the police, not true. The truth of the matter is when Otis opened the door for the police officers the three of them jumped him, one had him by the neck, one had his left arm, and the other (Officer Kocher) was punching him in the side,that is the truth.  Otis has not been incarcerated since 2003, but never was that mentioned in the article. He is not as bad a person as the article wanted to make him seem, he has a lot of good qualities. I love him and so does his 8 adult children.  Just remember karma comes back to us all, whether we hold an office or wear a badge.

Thank You

Peggy Brooks