Champaign man gets year in prison for having cocaine

Champaign man gets year in prison for having cocaine

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted possessing cocaine has been sentenced to a year in prison.

Dejermaine Pettis, 22, who listed an address in the 1100 block of West Beardsley Avenue, pleaded guilty to having fewer than 15 grams of cocaine on him Sept. 1 at a home in Urbana that was searched by members of the Street Crimes Task Force.

In return for Pettis' plea, Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton agreed to dismiss a more-serious charge alleging that he intended to sell the 5.8 grams of cocaine.

Court records show he had a prior conviction for possession of a controlled substance from 2013.

Charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance are unresolved against co-defendant Carrell Pettis, 32, who lived in the home on East Kerr Avenue that police searched.

Carrell Pettis is due in court next week.

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