An man in jail awaiting trial on a 2015 murder was sentenced to 15 years in prison on previous drug charges, Kane County officials said Monday.
On Friday, William M. Ingram, 30, 0-99 block of Poplar Creek Drive, was sentenced by Circuit Judge Donald M. Tegeler, Jr., to the Illinois Department of Corrections following a July jury trial.
Ingram was convicted of a class X felony count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1,000 feet of a church, a class 1 felony count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a class 4 felony count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of driving while license suspended.
According to the release, sometime after 8 p.m. June 20, 2014, Elgin police saw Ingram drive into the parking lot of a business in the 500 block of Tollgate Road in Elgin.
Elgin officers recognized Ingram and knew he was driving on a suspended license, wanted on an arrest warrant and on parole. Officers found a plastic bag containing 1.7 grams of cocaine on the ground between the open car door and the car immediately after Ingram was removed from the car.
When police searched Ingram, they found $4,700 cash. Ingram told police he went to the location to sell drugs, and he was selling drugs because he needed money. The location is about 200 feet from a church in the 500 block of Church Road in Elgin.
Ingram has multiple convictions in Kane and McHenry counties since 2007, according to court records.
Ingram is charged with first-degree murder in the 2015 of Devonte Turner in Elgin. That case is pending, and Ingram's next court appearance in the murder case is April 5.
The drug case was prosecuted by Kane County Assistant State's Attorneys Greg Sams and Joseph Gay.
"At the time he was arrested in this case Mr. Ingram was a convicted drug dealer and on parole. He is a threat to the safety of the community and belongs in prison," Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon said.
Janelle Walker is a freelance reporter for the Courier-News.
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