18 months in prison for St. Charles man who broke probation for pot delivery

  • Braham M. Thomas can have his 18-month prison term cut in half for good behavior.

    Braham M. Thomas can have his 18-month prison term cut in half for good behavior.

Updated 6/6/2019 4:42 PM

A 22-year-old St. Charles man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to selling marijuana while on probation for having drugs mailed to him while on house arrest.

Braham M. Thomas, of the 1400 block of South Fourth Street, pleaded guilty in Kane County court this week to felony marijuana delivery of up to 30 grams from July 2018.


At the time, Thomas was serving four years' probation from a late 2017 sentence after pleading guilty to having $2,100 in THC oil mailed to him while on house arrest for three pending felony drug cases. He was on electronic monitoring for the cases stemming from arrests in November 2015, January 2016 and January 2017 in Kane County.

The North Central Narcotics Task Force, a unit of the Illinois State Police, obtained a warrant for the THC package in the May 2017 case. After that arrest, Thomas' home monitoring was revoked, and he was held at the Kane County jail on $200,000 bail.

Thomas eventually pleaded guilty to the January 2017 and May 2017 offenses. In November 2017, prosecutors argued for prison, but Judge John Barsanti gave Thomas the maximum amount of probation and a warning.

"I don't trust you," the judge told Thomas.

Authorities issued a warrant in late 2018 for Thomas on charges he twice sold marijuana to a cooperating informant in July 2018. State police said they had investigated Thomas three times but weren't picking up on him.

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"People keep telling us he keeps selling," task force West Squad Leader Sgt. Chris Burke said at the time the warrant was issued.

As part of Thomas' guilty plea, which was accepted by Judge D.J. Tegeler on Wednesday, prosecutors dismissed less severe misdemeanor charges.

Timothy Mahoney, an attorney who successfully argued for probation for Thomas in November 2017 and represented him the most recent case, did not return a phone message.

Thomas can have his prison term cut in half for good behavior. He receives credit for 23 days served in jail while the most recent case was pending.

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