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Hebron village president pleads guilty to drug charges, can keep office

Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 11:48 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 7:41 a.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – Hebron's Village President pleaded guilty to cocaine charges and can remain in office.

John G. Jacobson, 65, was charged in January with felony possession of a controlled substance and unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, after police said about 3 grams of crack cocaine were found in his car.

In a plea deal accepted Wednesday by McHenry County Judge Gordon Graham, Jacobson pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge of attempted possession of a controlled substance. In exchange for his guilty plea, the felony charges were dropped.

Graham sentenced the village president to one year probation on the Class A misdemeanor.

Assistant State's Attorney Carlene Kay said that on Jan. 15, Jacobson made a substantial step in attempting to possess the drugs.

Outside the courtroom, neither Jacobson nor his attorney Mark Facchini, would comment for this article.

Under the Illinois Municipal Code, had Jacobson been found guilty of the felonies, he could not stay in office.

Charges against Jacobson were pending during the April election when he took a surprise victory over longtime incumbent Frank Beatty. Jacobson earned 61 percent of the vote.

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