CENTRALIA, IL — After fleeing the state for more than a year, a 25-year-old Centralia was sentenced earlier this week in Marion County Court to eight years in prison on a 2016 charge of unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.
A Marion County jury found D’Shawn Duncan guilty in February of Class 1 felony delivery of less than a gram of heroin to an undercover officer.
According to court records, Duncan was on parole at the time of his 2016 arrest.
Judge Marc Kelly noted in court Tuesday that Duncan was unlikely to comply with terms of probation as the defendant failed to appear and fled the state for more than a year.
Duncan reportedly set up a drug deal through text messages in 2016 unaware it had been set up by a Marion County Sheriff’s Department Detective. The detective reportedly had a phone that had belonged to a man who had died from a heroin overdose.
In addition to the eight-year prison sentence, Duncan will have to serve two years of mandatory supervised release at the end of his sentence.