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Former most wanted man takes plea deal

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 11:31 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 11:43 p.m. CST

WOODSTOCK – A man who once topped McHenry County’s list of most wanted has pleaded guilty to distributing drugs in the area.

Carlos F. Mendez, 37, was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison as part of a plea deal accepted by McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather.

Assistant State’s Attorney Randi Freese said that on April 22, 2013, Mendez possessed with the intent to deliver more than 15 grams but less than 100 grams of cocaine.

Authorities have said Mendez had fled the area to avoid arrest. His last known address was in Rockford, but in November, he was apprehended in Souderton, Pa., about 40 miles outside of Philadelphia.

Mendez was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and members of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Apprehension Unit.

Unlawful possession of a controlled substance is a Class 1 felony punishable by four to 15 years in prison.

All remaining drug charges against him were dropped as part of the plea deal.

Mendez will receive day-for-day credit for the time he served in custody from Nov. 7, 2013, through Wednesday.

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