URBANA — A Rantoul man who admitted possessing more than an ounce of cocaine last fall has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Patrick William Miller, 31, whose last known address was in the 500 block of North Penfield Street, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd to possession of a controlled substance as his case was about to be tried by a jury.
Miller was arrested on Nov. 30 by University of Illinois police in the 100 block of East John Street, Champaign.
Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said detectives had information that he would be in that area with cocaine and were watching for him. Clifton said when officers approached Miller, he discarded a bag that contained about 51 grams of powdered cocaine.
In exchange for his guilty plea to the Class 1 felony charge, a more serious Class X felony charge was dismissed.
Clifton said Miller had two prior convictions for domestic battery and three for possession with intent to deliver cannabis.
He was given credit on his sentence for 76 days already served in jail.