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Grundy County felony dispositions announced

Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 9:18 p.m. CDT

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MORRIS – Grundy County State’s Attorney Jason Helland released the following felony dispositions. The state’s attorney’s office often reaches plea agreements in cases following a careful consideration of the nature of the charges, the facts of the case, a thorough consultation with the crime victim, a review of the offender’s criminal history, and weighing aggravating and mitigating factors that exist, according to a news release from the office. The state’s attorney’s office makes no representation as to the accuracy of such information. In all cases, the official records of the court clerk should be consulted for confirmation.  

• Marcus Barfield, 33, of Homewood, Alabama, pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony, and was placed on 30 months conditional discharge. Barfield must pay more than $800 in court costs and fees, and he served six days in county jail.

• Kristi Berrong, 34, of Coal City, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony, and was placed on 24 months probation. Berrong must pay more than $800 in court costs and fees. Berrong also must obtain a drug and alcohol evaluation and complete the recommended treatment, and perform 30 hours of community service.

• Eric Bunge, 49, of Kokomo, Indiana, pleaded guilty to possession of more than 30 grams but less than 500 grams of cannabis, a Class 4 felony, and was placed on 30 months conditional discharge. Bunge must pay more than $1,000 in court costs and fees, and was ordered to serve 90 days in the county jail. In this case, $765 was seized and ordered to be forfeited to the Grundy County State’s Attorney’s Drug Asset Forfeiture fund.

• Felicia Bustle, 25, of Normal, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony, and was sentenced to one year in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Bustle must pay more than $800 in court costs and fees.

• Patrick Collins, 42, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm without a FOID card, a Class A misdemeanor, and was sentenced to two years of conditional discharge. Collins must pay a $200 fine and forfeit all firearms. He served four days in the county jail.

• Kevin Downing, 33, of Diamond, pleaded guilty to theft of more than $500 but less than $10,000, a Class 3 felony, and was sentenced to 52 days in the county jail and placed on probation for 30 months. Downing must pay about $500 in court costs and fees. He must also submit to periodic drug testing and perform 30 hours of community service.

• Charles Headley, 39, of Wilmington, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony, and was sentenced to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Headley must pay more than $900 in court costs and fees. The judgment is stayed and Headley entered the Grundy County Drug Court program.

• Valerie Hnetkovsky, of Braidwood, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony, and was sentenced to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Hnetkovsky must pay more than $800 in court costs and fees. The sentence is stayed pending Hnetkovsky’s successful completion of the Grundy County Drug Court.

• Brian Hopkins, 22, of Calumet City, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony, and was placed on 30 months probation and ordered to serve five days in the county jail. Hopkins must submit to periodic drug testing and have no contact with the victim. He must pay a $250 DNA fee and surrender his FOID card and firearms.

• Michael Houser, 25, of Godley, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony, and was sentenced to four days in jail and was placed on 30 months probation. He must pay a $500 mandatory drug assessment, obtain substance abuse counseling, and submit to periodic drug testing. He also must surrender his FOID card and firearms. Houser was order to pay more than $300 in court costs and fees, as well as a $20 per month probation services fee.

• Johnny Hopkins, 41, of Ottawa, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony, and was placed on probation for 24 months and ordered to serve four days in the county jail. Hopkins must pay more than $800 in court costs and fees. He must also complete substance abuse counseling and submit to random drug screens and perform 30 hours of community service.

• Amber Johnson, 35, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony, and was placed on 30 months probation and ordered to serve 65 days in the county jail. Johnson must obtain a mental health evaluation and complete treatment, submit to periodic alcohol and drug testing and pay a $250 DNA fee.

• Lawrence Johnson, 23, of Harvey, pleaded guilty to theft of more than $500 but less than $10,000, a Class 3 felony, and was placed on probation for 24 months. He must pay court costs and fees of about $500. Johnson must also complete substance abuse counseling and submit to periodic drug screens, and obtain a GED or work toward a vocational training program.

• Melissa Kasalko, 32, of Wilmington, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony, and placed on probation for 24 months. Kasalko must pay more than $800 in court costs and fees, and complete 30 hours of community service.

• Cody Libs, 23, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony, was placed on 24 months probation and served one day in jail. Libs must pay more than $800 in court costs and fees, complete substance abuse counseling, report for periodic drug testing and complete 30 hours of community service.

• Jeremy Merrick, 25, of Coal City, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony,  and was sentenced to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.  Merrick was ordered to pay more than $800 in court costs and fees, and the sentence was pending successful completion of the Grundy County Drug Court program.

• Derek Mesik, 23, of Diamond, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony, and was sentenced to two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.  Mesik must serve a one year period of supervised release upon completion of his prison sentence.

• Neil Olds, 23, of Morris, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony, and was placed on 24 months probation, ordered to serve 56 days in the county jail, and to pay more than $800 in court costs and fees. Olds also must complete substance abuse counseling, submit to random drug testing and complete 30 hours of community service.

• Amber Uher, 18, of Diamond, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony, and was placed on 24 months probation. Uher must pay more than $800 in court costs and fines, submit to periodic drug testing and complete 30 hours of community service.

• Don Virzint, 26, of Essex, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony, placed on 30 months probation, and ordered to serve four days in the county jail.  Virzint must pay more than $800 in court costs and fines, complete substance abuse counseling and report for periodic drug testing.

• Cody Wilkinson, 21, of Diamond, pleaded guilty to possession of more than 30 grams but less than 500 grams of cannabis, a Class 4 felony, was placed on 30 months probation and ordered to serve 70 days in the county jail. Wilkinson must pay more than $600 in courts costs and fees, as well as $20 per month in probation fees. Wilkinson also must complete substance abuse counseling, report for periodic drug testing and complete 30 hours of community service.

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