WATSEKA -- In Iroquois Circuit Court Tuesday, two Kankakee men facing felony theft charges from the Iroquois Paving Corporation were allowed to bond out of jail while a Champaign man facing a DUI charge agreed to a 30-month probation term.
Matthew Jones and John Rosenthal are accused of stealing scrap metal belonging to Iroquois Paving of Watseka.
Judge Gordon Lustfeldt freed Jones on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond while co-defendant Rosenthal was granted a $2,000 bond, as requested by Public Defender Dale Strough. Both men, it was pointed out by Assistant State’s Attorney Alex O’Brien, have prior felony records.
Jones served a four-year prison term for delivery of a controlled substance and was eligible for an extended sentence since he was on probation. .O’Brien suggested a $15,000 bond while the defense asked for $2,000 bail.
Judge Lustfeldt allowed the recognizance bond after Jones told the court he was caring for a 9-month-old child and his girl-friend is 5-months pregnant. Jones also said he was a student at KCC.
Rosenthal is unemployed, on disability and living with his dad in Kankakee. He is on Probation for domestic battery and a prior burglary.
49-year-old Ronald Carter of Champaign appeared for sentencing after pleading guilty to DUI. He was facing a term of probation to six years in the DOC.
Judge Lustfeldt, in imposing a 30-month Probation period, also fined Carter $500 and suggested an alcohol treatment program.
Carter told the court had a prior DUI conviction. He also faces sentencing in Champaign County later this month for Possession of a Weapon while on Probation. His record also showed a series of six felonies dating back to the 1980’s but none since 2002.
Carter’s live-in fiancé testified that he’s been a changed-man since learning of his mother’s cancer diagnosis. She said he helps care for his mother in Chicago while she also received hospice care. WyNomia Lindsey also said Carter is a male figure in her 16-yr-old adopted son’s life.
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