Woodstock man sentenced to 4 years on cocaine charges
WOODSTOCK – A man once considered one of McHenry County's top 10 fugitives was sentenced on Friday to four years in prison.
Jeremiah B. Pedersen, 29, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession with intent to deliver after police said they found 9.5 grams of cocaine under his driver's seat during a traffic stop on May 17. A K-9 unit had alerted to the drug's presence.
Pedersen also pleaded guilty to aggravated battery from a March 2008 incident in which prosecutors said he punched a man in the face near the Woodstock Square. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and given credit for time served.
Additional charges were dropped as part of the plea deal accepted by McHenry County Judge Joseph Condon.
About two weeks before his arrest in May, Pedersen was arrested following another traffic stop, accused of having 43.5 grams of cocaine and $4,710.
After failing to appear at a court date, police said they believed Pedersen had fled the state, but an anonymous caller to CrimeStoppers provided information about his possible location. He was arrested on June 4 at Routes 72 and 59 in South Barrington.
Pedersen's criminal history includes a previous eight-year sentence on a drug charge, although he served the time by attending boot camp.
His last known address was Queen Anne Street in Woodstock, although he had indicated on an affidavit that he lived in Aurora.
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