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Decatur man gets 6-year prison sentence for gun, drug offenses
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Decatur man gets 6-year prison sentence for gun, drug offenses


DECATUR — A 24-year-old Decatur man who told a judge he’d endured a rough childhood and “never had a chance” was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to gun and drug offenses.

Leondous H. Coleman was sentenced to six years each on charges of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver and possession of a weapon by a felon. Macon County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Geisler ordered the sentences to be served concurrently, however, effectively adding up to six years.

Sworn affidavits from Decatur Police said Coleman had been arrested at 3:41 a.m. May 5, 2018, after he was caught running from an incident of shots fired near the 1200 block of North Union Street.

He had told police he was “dirty” and had “shells” in his pocket. The .22 caliber ammunition he was carrying matched a gun police patrols had found abandoned nearby. Coleman was also carrying 1.9 grams of crack cocaine.

A woman who had been in the area of North Union at the time of the gunfire later showed up at hospital with a gunshot wound to her left calf. But she was never able to identify who shot her, police said.

Coleman told Geisler he “took full responsibility” for his crimes and, under questioning from defense attorney Chris Amero said he had grown up with little hope of avoiding a life of crime. Raised by a single mother who was often absent, Coleman said he never knew his incarcerated father. He saw one brother shot dead in front of him and also lost another to gunfire. A pre-sentence report diagnosed him with post traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Coleman said he started committing residential burglaries when he was 11 and has served a previous 10-year sentence for burglary. “With all the stuff I’ve been going through, I feel like I never had a chance like normal folks in society,” Coleman added.

Geisler said he took note of all the factors in mitigation but the court had to take a hard line on offenses involving both firearms and drugs. The judge said a prison term for Coleman was necessary “for the protection of the public.”

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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