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Parolee faces cocaine, gun charges

DECATUR – Booker T. Seals, a 40-year-old parolee with an extensive criminal history, is back in custody on felony charges after narcotics detectives arrested him for possession of a firearm and dealing cocaine.

Seals was arraigned Tuesday on Class X charges of armed violence, for possession of cocaine while armed with a firearm and armed habitual criminal, for possession of a firearm after being convicted of two prior felonies.

The armed violence count carries a penalty of 15 to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections; the armed habitual criminal count is punishable by six to 30 years.

Seals was arrested March 22 in connection with a deal that Seals allegedly made in May 2015, in which he was captured on videotape as he sold 3.7 grams of cocaine and a loaded .22-caliber magnum revolver to a buyer.

When Seals was being held in the Macon County Jail on unrelated charges on Aug. 11, 2016, he admitted to during a police interview that he sold the cocaine and handgun, said a probable cause affidavit by Decatur Street Crimes detective Scott Rosenbery.

Seals was arrested on his most recent charges March 22 and booked into the jail, where he is being held without bond. He is due in court April 12 for his preliminary hearing.

Seals, who was most recently released from prison on Sept. 12, 2014, has served six terms in the Illinois Department of Corrections since 1996, for convictions of aggravated battery/great bodily harm, vehicular invasion, domestic battery, armed habitual criminal and manufacture/delivery of cocaine, 15 to 100 grams.


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