PRINCETON — Two Princeton residents have been sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections after entering guilty pleas to the Class 4 felony of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, heroin.
Ronald A. Hotchkiss, 44, and Angela M. Janssen, 37, entered their guilty pleas in Bureau County Court before Associate Circuit Judge C. J. Hollerich.
Hotchkiss entered his guilty plea on June 2 and was sentenced by the judge to serve two and one-half years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and also ordered to pay fines, fee and court costs totaling $962.
Hotchkiss has 11 prior felony convictions, ranging from residential burglary to domestic battery, theft, driving while license revoked and delivery of a look-alike substance.
Hotchkiss was represented in court by Assistant Public Defender Jacob Frost.
Janssen entered her guilty plea on May 29 and was sentenced to serve one and one-half years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and also ordered to pay fines, fees and court costs totaling $997.
Janssen had been previously convicted of felony retail theft in 2010 and placed on probation. She was also placed on probation in 2013 for unlawful possession of heroin. She has several misdemeanor convictions.
Janssen was represented in court by Assistant Public Defender Eric May.
Prosecuting the case was State’s Attorney Patrick Herrmann.
In March, the TRIDENT task force was conducting an investigation into heroin sales in Princeton. Based on that investigation, the TRIDENT task force obtained a search warrant to search a Princeton residence. That search warrant was executed on March 20. Both Hotchkiss and Janssen were present, along with the home occupant, at the time of the search. Task force agents found heroin in a woman’s jeans pocket located in a bathroom hamper. Agents also recovered packets of heroin and syringes in an upper kitchen cabinet. Janssen was charged with possession of the heroin in the jean’s pocket. Hotchkiss was charged with possession of the heroin in the kitchen cabinet. The home’s occupant was not charged.