Man gets 3 years in prison for third DUI conviction

PAXTON — A Foosland man was sentenced to three years in prison following his third conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol.

James M. Odom, 45, whose last known address was in the 300 block of Main Street in Foosland, received the sentence as part of a plea agreement last week in Ford County Circuit Court.

Odom pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, a Class 2 felony. In return for his plea, two other DUI charges stemming from the same arrest were dismissed.

Odom was also ordered to pay fines and court costs totaling $2,595 within six months of his release.

Gibson City police arrested Odom for DUI during a traffic stop on Aug. 25 on Illinois 54 near Ford County Road 300 East. At the time of his arrest, Odom had a revoked driver’s license due to a previous DUI charge.

Police said it was Odom’s fourth arrest for DUI. Meanwhile, this was his third DUI conviction, with his other convictions coming in 1999 and 2003 in Champaign County.

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