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URBANA — A 22-year-old Champaign man who had several pounds of cannabis edibles intended for sale in his home earlier this year is headed to prison for six years.

And when James D. Thompson, 22, who last lived in the 400 block of West Green Street, is released from boot camp — assuming the Department of Corrections lets him have that option — he'll have to start paying more than $51,000 in fines.

Thompson pleaded guilty Tuesday before Judge Tom Difanis to possession with intent to deliver cannabis, admitting that on March 29, he had about 5 pounds of edibles that members of the Champaign County Street Crimes Task Force found in his home during a court-authorized search.

In return for his guilty plea to the Class 1 felony, a more-serious Class X version of that charge was dismissed, as were other less-serious counts of possession of a controlled substance (purported cocaine, psilocybin and codeine) and possession of a weapon by a felon.

Assistant State's Attorney Kristin Alferink said Thompson's roommate told police that Thompson was selling to six to 12 people from their apartment every other day.

As police were searching Thompson's house, the mail arrived — containing even more cannabis addressed to Thompson.

In addition to the charge of possession with intent to deliver, Thompson pleaded guilty in a separate misdemeanor case to domestic battery for pushing a woman on Feb. 23. He was sentenced to time already served in jail for that conviction.

Alferink said Thompson's only other conviction was in 2017 for possession of a controlled substance.


Mary Schenk is a reporter covering police, courts and breaking news at The News-Gazette. Her email is, and you can follow her on Twitter (@schenk).