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updated: 5/13/2013 2:01 PM

Elgin cocaine dealer gets 5 years in prison

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  • Jayson P. Sturdivant

      Jayson P. Sturdivant


A 32-year-old man was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to cocaine charges from an arrest in Elgin last July, according to court records.

Jayson P. Sturdivant, of the 1100 block of Morton Avenue, Elgin, was on probation for a felony drug charge in 2010 when he was arrested last summer after authorities raided his home.

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Sturdivant was to go on trial Monday, but pleaded guilty late Friday in exchange for prosecutors dropping the most serious charges that could have landed him in prison for up to 30 years, records show.

Under Illinois law, he can have his sentenced halved for good behavior. He also gets credit for 296 days spent in the Kane County jail while his case was pending.

Sturdivant was arrested July 19, 2012, after the North Central Narcotics Task Force, a unit of the Illinois State Police, searched his home and found 19 grams of cocaine, 2.5 pounds of marijuana, $2,300 and scales. He was charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school; in this case Coleman Elementary, 1220 Dundee Ave.

The felony conviction carried a prison term of six to 30 years with no possibility of probation.

Prosecutors dropped that charge as part of the guilty plea, which was accepted by Kane County Judge Clint Hull, according to court records. Sturdivant also was fined $1,955.

Elgin police also arrested Sturdivant July 15, 2010, and he was charged with felony marijuana charge, records show. He faced up to seven years in prison for possession with intent to deliver 30 to 500 grams of marijuana within 1,000 feet of Larkin High School in Elgin. He pleaded guilty and received 30 months probation. He also spent 18 days in the county jail, records show.

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