Two more who pled in drug case sentenced to probation

Two more who pled in drug case sentenced to probation

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted possessing cocaine in the home he was sharing with several other men in May has been sentenced to first offender's probation.

Lukas Korte, 22, who listed an address in the 0-100 block of East Chalmers was one of seven men arrested by University of Illinois police on May 8 who were charged with having a variety of drugs. Six of them lived in the East Chalmers Street home; a seventh lived in the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, 209 E. Armory St., C.

Included in the stash police seized were MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, amphetamines, psilocybin, suspected LSD, cannabis and nitrous oxide (laughing gas).

Korte pleaded guilty Tuesday before Judge Harry Clem to having fewer than 15 grams of cocaine. He was sentenced to two years of first offender's probation, meaning he'll have no record of a conviction if he successfully completes the period of probation with no further legal difficulties.

He was also ordered to pay about $650 in fees and fines and perform 50 hours of public service.

Late last month, co-defendant Matthew Voss, 22, also of the Chalmers Street address, pleaded guilty to possession of controlled substance for having amphetamine. He received the same negotiated plea that Korte did — two years of first offender probation, 50 hours of public service and fines, fees and costs.

The criminal cases of three of the seven remain unresolved.

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