URBANA — An Urbana man who police said had crack cocaine packaged for sale in his home was sentenced on Monday to life in prison following his conviction on a federal drug charge.
Chief U.S. District Judge Michael P. McCuskey sentenced Terrion Herman, 35, on Monday.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugene Miller, who prosecuted the case, said the life sentence is mandatory because of Herman's prior drug-related convictions.
In June 2011, a jury convicted Herman of one count of possession of 50 grams or more of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute.
According to an Urbana police report, officers got a search warrant for Herman's apartment in the 1200 block of South Vine Street, Urbana, on Feb. 3, 2010. Police found about 3.3 ounces of crack cocaine packaged for sale hidden inside the back of a clock in the apartment. Police also recovered some plastic bags and a digital scale.
Sharon Paul, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office, said Herman had four prior felony drug convictions and was on parole from the Illinois Department of Corrections for a state narcotics conviction at the time of the arrest.