BLOOMINGTON — A man was sentenced to prison Thursday on two drug charges
Christopher Barker, 36, of Bloomington was convicted of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, and received a five-year term. He will serve a concurrent four-year sentence for possession of methamphetamine.
An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Barker was sentenced on a charge of drug-induced homicide, but that charge was dismissed in June when Barker pleaded guilty to the delivery and possession charges.
During Thursday's court appearance, Barker was also ordered to pay all associated fees and fines and $1,925.64 in restitution.
After the sentencing, Judge Scott Drazewski said the court would recommend Barker for a substance abuse program while he is in custody, which could potentially reduce the time he is required to serve.
Assistant State’s Attorney Jeff Horve asked that Barker be sentenced to six years in the Department of Corrections, as well as all associated fines, fees and restitution.
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“The defendant clearly has accepted responsibility for his role” in another person's death, and “he did what can only be characterized as the right thing,” Horve said, acknowledging Barker’s cooperation.
Public Defender Michael Herzog called Barker “an addict among addicts” and said he didn't deserve a prison sentence, calling Barker’s crimes “a delivery charge that had tragic collateral consequences.”
Instead he asked for 30 months of probation on both charges, associated fines and fees and restitution.
In his remarks to the judge, Barker asked for leniency.
“I honestly want to change,” he said. After having his best friend die in his arms, “Never in my life have I ever been so serious about sobriety.”