Champaign man gets three years for having cocaine

Champaign man gets three years for having cocaine

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted he possessed cocaine when he was arrested in May was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison.

Judge Roger Webber said that while Anthony Goodwin's criminal history was not that extensive, the convictions he had racked up involved violence.

Goodwin, 31, whose last known address was in the 400 block of Louisiana Avenue, admitted in November that he had about 4 grams of cocaine on him on May 27.

Champaign police arrested him at the Louisiana address that day on a charge of battery as well — a charge that was dismissed as part of his negotiated guilty plea.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Larson had a Champaign police officer testify about Goodwin hitting a pregnant woman repeatedly in the face that day at that address and forcing another woman to strip. Testimony revealed that Goodwin believed the women had taken his drugs.

Larson recommended a six-year prison term for Goodwin, while his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Lindsey Yanchus, argued for probation and drug treatment. Goodwin said he has never received treatment before even though he may have been ordered by the court to get it.

His prior convictions were for aggravated battery, domestic battery, battery and aggravated unlawful use of weapons.

Webber agreed to recommend Goodwin for drug treatment while in prison.

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