Two area men get prison time for unrelated crimes

By Nick Kovatch on February 4 at 1:02pm

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Two local men will be spending the next few years in prison after pleading guilty to separate crimes in Morgan County Court this morning.

Twenty-six-year-old Stephon Burton of Winchester pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. He was sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Morgan County state’s attorney Robert Bonjean says Burton was arrested in August while delivering cocaine between Springfield and Winchester.

“Mr. Burton’s arrest originated from the efforts of the Central Illinois Enforcement Group. I think there was a tip that Mr. Burton, who resides in Winchester, was travelling back and forth from Springfield to Scott County, and just happened to commit a traffic violation out on the interstate here in Morgan County, and then the contraband was found on him there,” Bonjean explains.

“So, obviously, the charge arose here. I think he does still have some charges pending in Scott County that are somewhat related.”

As part of the plea agreement, charges of possession of cannabis and possession of a controlled substance were dismissed.

Also this morning, 24-year-old Todd McDade of the 500 block of West College was given two concurrent sentences of three years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated battery and possession of a controlled substance.

Bonjean says McDade hit his best friend with a vehicle on January 24th.

“Apparently, they’d gotten into a disagreement. I don’t know what words were said between the two of the, but it let to Mr. McDade using his vehicle to hit or kind of knock down his best friend, the victim. It’s my understanding the victim had a broken femur, spent a couple days over in the hospital in Springfield, and was in some significant pain,” says Bonjean.

“So, you better pick your friends a little bit better if that’s the way you’re going to resolve your differences.”

A week before the aggravated battery incident, McDade was arrested after police found him with less than 15 grams of heroin in his possession.

Both defendants were represented by public defender Tom Piper.