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Elgin man gets 15-year sentence for drug sale

Published: Sunday, April 20, 2014 11:23 p.m. CDT

ELGIN – A 30-year-old Elgin man has been handed a 15-year prison sentence for selling cocaine near a public park.

Samuel Span was sentenced late Thursday by Kane County Circuit Judge John Barsanti. He was convicted in February of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

The Kane County State’s Attorney’s office said Span and a co-defendant sold more than 5 grams of cocaine to an undercover officer at a home within 1,000 feet of a city park.

Officials said span has previous convictions for weapons offenses and other violent crimes in Kane and Cook County.

State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said Elgin is – in his words – safer without Span “on the street peddling his poison.”

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