Drug trafficker sent to prison



An Urbana man was sentenced to prison Monday for multiple drug trafficking offenses.

Michaelian A. Brown, 37, of 132 E. Broadway St., was sentenced to 30 months in prison less than a month after a jury found him guilty of three fifth-degree felony charges of trafficking in cocaine following two days of testimony in May.

A sentencing memorandum filed by Champaign County Assistant Prosecutor Wesley Somogy on June 5 states the charges stem from three controlled drug buys that occurred in Urbana between January and March 2014.

The document notes Brown’s conduct took place in a residential neighborhood in close proximity to an elementary school and a number of local businesses.

The state also contended that Brown’s motive for proceeding to trial was based purely on his desire to learn the identity of a confidential informant rather than to contest the charges against him. Court documents state a prosecuting witness has received negative treatment in connection to the case.

The sentencing memorandum notes Brown’s history of misdemeanor and felony convictions, including a 1998 burglary case where he was sentenced to 17 months in prison and a 2005 assault case where community control was revoked after he tested positive for cocaine and marijuana.

Brown was also fined $750 and upon his release is subject to post release control for a period of up to three years.

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