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posted: 6/29/2012 5:18 PM

1-year term for Carpentersville man caught with pot while out on bond

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A 21-year-old Carpentersville man who was sentenced to six years in prison for breaking into a home in March 2011 in search of stolen drugs had another year tacked onto his prison stay Friday after he pleaded guilty to felony marijuana possession while out on bond.

Derrell D. Howse, of the 0-99 block of North Grove Street, was actually free on bond on the 2011 home invasion charges when Carpentersville police caught him with nearly four ounces of pot on March 14, 2012.

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Horse and three other men pleaded guilty to breaking into a home in March 2011 in the 300 block of Four Winds Way on the village's west side in search of an ounce of marijuana that was stolen earlier in the day in a drug deal gone bad.

A resident called police from the basement as the four walked through the house looking for him.

Prosecutors dropped the most severe home invasion and weapons charges and Howse was sentenced to six years after pleading guilty to residential burglary. The guilty plea came after a jury had been picked and testimony began in his trial.

About a week before his trial and while he was free on bond, Carpentersville police pulled Howse over

at Ravine Road and Northlake Parkway in Carpentersville and officers could "smell an odor of fresh cannabis coming from the car," police said.

Authorities seized 103.35 grams, or nearly four ounces, of marijuana and charged him with two felonies, the most serious of which carried a 2- to 5-year prison term. Friday, prosecutors dropped the most serious charges and Howse pleaded guilty to felony marijuana possession, which carried a prison term of one to three years.

Judge Timothy Sheldon accepted the plea in which Howse also must pay $1,500 in fines, records show.

Howse can have both of his sentenced halved for good behavior.

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