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Burgess enters guilty plea to heroin felony

Published: Monday, April 7, 2014 3:13 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 7, 2014 3:14 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — A Princeton man has been sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty in Bureau County Court to the Class 4 felony of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, heroin.

Maxwell M. Burgess, 37, entered an open plea of guilty on March 31 before Associate Circuit Judge C.J. Hollerich. Pursuant to a plea agreement, Burgess was sentenced to serve one and one-half years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, receiving credit for time served from Feb. 21, 2014, to March 30. Burgess was also ordered to pay fines, fees and court costs of $1,582 within six months of his release from prison.

Burgess was represented in court by Assistant Public Defender Jacob Frost. Prosecuting the case was First Assistant State's Attorney Anthony Sciuto.

Burgess was arrested by TRIDENT task force agents on Feb. 21, 2014, along with four other co-defendants, after executing a search warrant of a Princeton residence where Burgess was living. Used syringes and plastic baggies, both containing heroin residue, were located in Burgess' bedroom and in his possession.

Previously, Burgess was convicted of the Class 4 felony of aggravated driving under the influence in 2001 in Bureau County.

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