February 22, 2012

Student pleads guilty to one felony charge

Former student Clark Cuthbert was sentenced on Tuesday to two years of probation and 50 hours of community service for possession of a controlled substance (containing psilocybin, a hallucinogen) according to court records.

During a pre-trial hearing, Cuthbert, who was represented by Jeremy Karlin of Alcorn Karlin LLC in Galesburg, plead guilty to one Class 4 felony, the controlled substance charge.

The other Class 4 felony with which he was charged, possession of cannabis between 30 and 500 grams, was dismissed in front of the judge.

According to Karlin, Cuthbert’s sentence of first offender probation is not considered a conviction, and the case will be dismissed at the end of the two-year probationary period if he complies with the probation terms.

Cuthbert was arrested on Dec. 7, 2011 at 218 S. Cedar St., or the Phi Gamma Delta House. The fraternity’s president, senior Brann Gallagher later issued a statement that Cuthbert was not listed as residing in the house at the time of the incident.

Cuthbert has been removed from the online campus directory.

Charlie Megenity
Charlie Megenity (formerly Gorney) is a senior double majoring in political science and economics. He previously served TKS as managing editor and as co-news editor while working as the weekend reporter for The Galesburg Register-Mail. Over the summer of 2012, Charlie interned in Wisconsin with Patch.com, an online hyperlocal news source, where he covered the August 2012 Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting; he will return to Patch during the summer of 2013. He is also the journalism editor for Catch magazine.. Charlie has received three awards from the Illinois College Press Association for newswriting and design, including a first place award for front page layout. He was the 2013 recipient of the Theodore Hazen Kimble Memorial Award in Journalism for a feature story published in The Knox Student. His work has also appeared in The Huffington Post.

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