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DECATUR — Lepolean N. Reasonover was sentenced to 2½ years in prison Thursday after he was caught by police driving past Decatur with a truck full of appliances bought with ripped off credit card numbers. 

A sworn affidavit from the Decatur Police Street Crimes Unit said the haul on board from the April 12, 2018, stop on Interstate 72 included five refrigerators, two lawnmowers and a washing machine. The equipment had a collective value of $9,000.

The affidavit said Reasonover, 34, of Chicago, had bought them from a Lowes store using credit card numbers purchased on the “dark web” for $100. He had described himself and an accomplice, La’Dina M. Coleman, 31, as dealing with a shadowy criminal group that would pay them $300 each to deliver the goods to Chicago.

Coleman, 31, had appeared in Macon County Circuit Court in February and was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty to a single charge of theft.

Reasonover pleaded guilty to one count of identity theft Thursday and Assistant Macon County State’s Attorney Christina Mullison said the defendant's criminal history demanded a custodial sentence. She pointed out the Decatur crime was committed while Reasonover was on probation for another identity theft crime in Will County.

“There needs to be a consequence for continuing to engage in the same sort of criminal behavior,” said Mullison.

Defending, Patrick Fagan said Reasonover was the father of six children and was only tempted into crime again because he was strapped and trying to provide for his family. “That doesn’t excuse the criminal culpability, but it was that squeeze, the squeeze felt by him to support himself and his family,” added Fagan.

He pleaded with Judge Thomas Griffith to show mercy, admitting it was “a bit of a close call,” but urged the judge to give Reasonover another shot at probation. Griffith, however, said “probation doesn’t mean anything” for a man who goes straight out and commits a similar crime.


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