SYCAMORE – It took former drug court participant Christopher Sargent a few moments to sign the appropriate paperwork that would ultimately send him to prison.
Sargent, 28, of the 1100 block of Rushmoore Drive in DeKalb, was sentenced Tuesday to 5 1/2 years behind bars after pleading guilty to unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park and unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.
In November, Sargent joined the county's drug court program, which reduces or drops charges upon successful completion, after being accused of selling cocaine in DeKalb to confidential police sources in June and July, according to court records.
While he was in the program, he picked up the new charge for which he pleaded guilty. He was accused of selling less than a gram of cocaine to a confidential police source April 15 within 1,000 feet of a park. The newer offense was in connection with an ongoing drug investigation by DeKalb police.
Court documents show the contract Sargent agreed to when he started the drug program included a prison sentence if he committed a new offense.
"You understood what the terms of the sentence would be if you violated the drug court program," Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert told Sargent.
Sargent shook his head as he was signing his name indicating he was waiving his right to a preliminary hearing. All other charges were dropped as part of the plea deal.