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Prison sentences for theft

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[March 10, 2014]  The following sentences for theft were reported by Logan County State's Attorney Jonathan Wright:

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Multiple Convictions Lead to Prison Sentence

On July 3, 2012, Brenda A. Babbitt committed Retail Theft, a class 3 felony, by stealing over $300 worth of items for sale from Walmart. On March 15, 2013, Brenda A. Babbitt committed Retail Theft, a class 4 felony, by stealing items for sale from Walmart. Lincoln Police Officer Miles Craig investigated both cases in conjunction with loss prevention specialists from Walmart. As a result of Officer Craig's investigation, Brenda A. Babbitt pled guilty to each charge of Retail Theft and requested a sentencing hearing.

Brenda A. Babbitt also committed Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, a class 4 felony. On May 12, 2013, Lincoln Police Sgt. James Rehmann investigated a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of CVS. Brenda A. Babbitt was a passenger in the vehicle along with the driver and one other passenger. Upon approach to the vehicle, the driver fled on foot. Sgt. Rehmann continued the investigation on scene while other officers were dispatched to pursue the driver. Sgt. Rehmann located a baggie on the person of Brenda A. Babbitt which contained a substance testing positive for the presence of heroin. As a result of Sgt. Rehmann's investigation, Brenda A. Babbitt pled guilty to Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and asked for a sentencing hearing.

On March 6, 2014, the Court held a sentencing hearing on all three felony offenses. Logan County State's Attorney Jonathan Wright recommended a combined sentence of 8 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. After hearing all the evidence and arguments, the Honorable William Yoder sentenced Brenda A. Babbitt to 2 years on each of the Retail Theft convictions and 4 years on the conviction for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance. Due to the timing of the commission of the offenses, each prison sentence runs consecutive to the other for a total of 8 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

"The Court weighed all the factors in aggravation and mitigation in arriving at this sentence but I believe two factors were important in arriving at this sentence," stated Logan County State's Attorney Jonathan Wright. "First, the Court noted Ms. Babbitt's significant criminal history nine prior felony convictions and eight prior misdemeanor convictions. Second, the Court noted that Ms. Babbitt was in possession of heroin, a controlled substance that has had devastating effects on this community."

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Prison Sentence for Theft

On March 6, 2014, Samuel L. Cottrill entered into a fully negotiated plea agreement with the Logan County State's Attorneys' Office. Samuel Cottrill was charged in Logan County Case number 13-CF-223 with one count of Burglary and one count of felony Theft. Mr. Cottrill pled guilty to Theft, a class 3 felony, and the State, as part of the agreement, dismissed the allegation of Burglary. Mr. Cottrill was then sentenced to 3 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. The conviction is a result of the investigation of Logan County Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Anderson. On October 21, 2013, items were reported stolen from 303 W. Front Street, Hartsburg, Illinois, an addressed to which Mr. Cottrill was paroled. Based upon information of Mr. Cottrill's vehicle, Deputy Burdick and Cpl. Kuhlman were able to apprehend Mr. Cottrill and recover the stolen items later that same date.

Jonathan C. Wright
Logan County State's Attorney
March 7, 2014

[Text copied from file received from Logan County State's Attorney Jonathan C. Wright]

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