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Persich gets prison sentence

PRINCETON — A Spring Valley man has been sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty in Bureau County Court to the Class 1 felony of unlawful possession with intent to deliver heroin.

Matthew A. Persich, 26, entered his guilty plea Oct. 28 before Circuit Judge Marc Bernabei. In addition to an eight and one-half year prison sentence, Persich was also ordered to pay fines, fees and court costs totaling $2,187 within one year of his release from the Illinois Department of Corrections. Persich did receive credit for time served from his arrest on July 19 to his sentencing date.

Persich was represented in court by Public Defender Michael Henneberry. Prosecuting the case was State’s Attorney Patrick Herrmann.

In July 2013, the TRIDENT task force was conducting an investigation into heroin sales by Persich. That investigation led the task force to obtain a search warrant on July 16, issued by Associate Circuit Judge C. J. Hollerich, to search the Spring Valley residence of Persich. Upon execution of the search warrant on July 19, agents found approximately 40 bags of a white powdery substance in a room occupied by Persich and co-defendant Bianca Gallup. Ten of those bags were analyzed at the state crime lab and determined to be 1.1 grams of heroin.

Persich had been previously convicted of unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in 2011 in Bureau County, for which he received a five-year sentence to the Illinois Department of Corrections. He was also convicted of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance in 2009 in Bureau County, for which he received four years probation. Persich also has a felony theft conviction in 2005 in LaSalle County.

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