DECATUR — A Decatur man caught in a police traffic stop with a loaded handgun and a bag full of ecstasy pills was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Monday.

Cedric H. Davis, 39, had pleaded guilty in Macon County Circuit Court to a single charge of armed violence, a Class X felony. The plea was part of a deal negotiated by his public defender, Scott Rueter, that saw Judge Jeffrey Geisler dismiss charges of being an armed habitual criminal and drug possession.

Assistant State’s Attorney David Perry referred to a sworn Decatur police affidavit in outlining the circumstances of the case. In the affidavit, officer Briar Weddle said he pulled over a car driven by Davis on the afternoon of Aug. 1 after it blew through a stop sign at the intersection of West Johnson Avenue and North Church Street.

Weddle said police records showed Davis was on parole at the time for a previous armed violence conviction. A search of the car revealed a bag holding 90 pills, and Weddle said Davis told him the pills were the illegal drug ecstasy, which later tested positive for methamphetamine at the Illinois State Police Crime Lab. A .40-caliber handgun, with 14 live rounds in the magazine, also was found in the trunk of Davis’ car. Davis is not allowed to possess a firearm because of his criminal record.

Geisler said that record gave the court a maximum sentence range of 60 years and a sentence of 15 years was the minimum that could be imposed.

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