Crime & Courts

Woodstock man pleads not guilty to cocaine charges

Jose Avila, 23, Woodstock
Jose Avila, 23, Woodstock

A Woodstock man accused of delivering cocaine on occasions in May and June, including once near a local park, entered a not guilty plea Friday.

Jose Avila, 23, of the 900 block of Quill Lane, pleaded not guilty to felony Class X charges of delivery of between 15 and 100 grams of a controlled substance on May 21 and the delivery of between 1 and 15 grams of a controlled substance within 500 feet of a park on May 2, that park being Sonatas Park in Woodstock, according to a McHenry County criminal complaint.

He also pleaded not guilty to charges including: delivery of a controlled substance between 1 and 15 grams, possession of a controlled substance containing cocaine between 15 and 100 grams and possession of less than 15 grams of a substance containing cocaine, according to the complaint.

Those charges were connected to incidents on April 10, May 2, May 21 and April 10, according to the complaint.

If convicted on the most serious charges he faces 30 years in prison unless there is a finding of extenuating circumstances making him eligible for a sentence of up to 60 years. He would be required to serve 75% of his sentence, Judge Robert Wilbrandt said Friday in court.

Avila, being held in McHenry County jail on $150,000, is due back in court Friday.

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