CHARLESTON — A man who didn’t show up for his sentencing hearing for a conviction for planning to sell marijuana received a four-year prison sentence.
Reginald X. Burpo was sentenced in absentia for a charge of possession of cannabis with intent to deliver for which a jury returned a guilty verdict in June.
Burpo, 27, for whom court records list an address of an apartment at 1812 12th St., Charleston, was arrested on March 6 after police found marijuana in his vehicle and he admitted planning to sell it, according to records in his case.
After ordering the prison term, Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O’Brien issued a no-bond warrant for Burpo’s arrest. Burpo was allowed to remain free on bond after the jury returned its guilty verdict.
Burpo represented himself in the case and after the trial filed a document he styled as a “constitutional challenge” to the conviction.
At sentencing, O’Brien stated that he wouldn’t consider the document and based the sentence on Assistant State’s Attorney Joy Wolf’s recommendation.
Burpo took a similar route during the trial, when