Defendant Admits Drug Problem at Sentencing

Defendant Admits Drug Problem at Sentencing

A Danville man recently convicted on charges of home invasion and beating a 90-year-old man will serve a four year prison sentence in an unrelated case.  Vermilion Circuit Judge Mark Goodwin sentenced 28-year-old Cole J. R. Huber Monday to four years in prison for possession of a controlled substance.

‘’I’m sorry about the time I’ve caused everybody,’’ said Huber just prior to sentencing.  He added that he did have heroin on him when he was arrested.  ‘’I can’t overcome the addiction,’’ added Huber.  Huber’s last known address was on Green Acres Road, Danville.

Judge Goodwin said that for his young age (28) Huber has a fairly substantial criminal history.  The judge added he does believe that Huber has a substance abuse problem and needs treatment. And Judge Goodwin said Huber’s drug compulsion is going to get bigger and bigger without treatment.  ‘’You’re going to be a risk of harm to the public to feed your problem,’’ added the Judge.

Although the judge sentenced Huber to 4 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections he will be subject to a 50-percent reduction of the sentence.  And Huber gets credit for the 551 days he has already spent in custody.  Assistant Vermilion County State’s Attorney Lindsay VanFleet had requested a 6 year sentence.

Meanwhile sentencing will come later in the case in which Huber was convicted on January 25th in an unrelated home invasion and beating of a 90-year-old man.