PRINCETON — Two California residents have entered guilty pleas in Bureau County Court to the Class 1 felony of unlawful possession with intent to deliver cannabis.
Christopher P. Henderson, 26, of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Stefano G. Caruso, 25, of Costa Mesa, Calif. appeared April 19 in Bureau County Court before Associate Circuit Judge C.J. Hollerich. Both defendants were sentenced to serve six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and ordered to pay fines, fees and court costs totaling $10,000. Both defendants paid that amount on April 19. Both defendants were also certified eligible for the Impact Incarceration Program within the Illinois Department of Corrections.
The Impact Incarceration Program is a four-or six-month bootcamp-style program designed for youthful non-violent offenders. The goal of the program is to educate and train the offenders, to treat addictions and to instill discipline in the offenders. If a defendant is successful in the program, he/she is released with his/her prison sentence considered served. If the defendant is not accepted into the program or is unsuccessful in the program, he/she serves the prison sentence as ordered.
On Dec. 4, 2012, an Illinois State Police trooper stopped a U-Haul rental truck eastbound on Interstate 80 for a traffic violation. A K-9 unit from the LaSalle Police Department alerted to the presence of narcotics within the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed 28 packages of cannabis with an approximate weight of 16 pounds.
These are first arrests and convictions for Henderson and Caruso.