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Woodstock man gets 8 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug charge

A 27-year-old Woodstock man was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison in a case that began with a June drug sting where 6.7 grams of cocaine and a loaded pistol with the serial number scratched off were found.

Isaiah Dunn-Vigo Gomes pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of possession with intent to deliver between 1 and 15 grams of a cocaine, in exchange for his plea multiple charges were dismissed.

He is required to serve 50% of the eight years and will receive credit for the 250 days he was held in jail following his arrest, McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge said.

Gomes was initially charged along with James Cornelius, 26, of Woodstock, following a drug sting on June 18. Police found in their possession 6.7 grams of cocaine and a loaded pistol with the serial number scratched off, according to charging documents.

James Cornelius, of Woodstock.

James Cornelius, of Woodstock. (Photo provided by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office/)

The most serious charge, armed violence, is a class X felony could have landed Gomes in prison up to 60 years.

The arrest occurred after McHenry County sheriff’s deputies discovered that Cornelius was allegedly selling marijuana through the use of Snapchat, according to court records.

The two were charged with armed violence, possession with intent to deliver 30 to 500 grams of marijuana, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, possession of a firearm without a firearm owner’s identification card, possession of ammunition without a FOID card, and possession of 100 to 500 grams of marijuana. Dunn-Vigo Gomes additionally was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to deliver cocaine.

Cornelius’s case is still pending. He is due back in court March 16, according to the McHenry County jail log and court records. He has been held in custody since June 18.

Cornelius was contacted by a detective working under cover through Snapchat who requested to buy about 110 grams of marijuana for $600, according to court records. Cornelius agreed and told the detective and arranged to meet.

When the detective and other members of the McHenry County narcotics task force arrived, they found a vehicle that was registered to Cornelius and appeared to have a handgun near the center console, court records show. The handgun was loaded and accessible to both passengers, according to a motion filed by the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Police later identified the gun as a loaded .380 Diamondback pistol with the serial number removed. Neither of the men had a firearm owner’s identification card, according to a set of related criminal complaints.

A police search of the vehicle turned up about 110 grams of marijuana packaged in two different bags and 11 individual bags containing a total 6.7 grams of cocaine in Dunn-Vigo Gomes’ possession, court records show.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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