Naperville man sentenced in pill possession case
BY BILL BIRD email@example.com December 27, 2012 10:06PM
Connor E. Kelly, 20, of Naperville's Ashbury neighborhood, has been sentenced to time served in Will County Jail and placed on probation, after being found guilty of illegally possessing 22 prescription pills earlier this year during a traffic stop not far from his home. | Courtesy of Will County Sheriff's Office
Updated: January 31, 2013 6:36AM
A man from Naperville’s far south side has been sentenced to jail for illegally having nearly two dozen prescription pills in his possession last spring during a traffic stop.
Connor E. Kelly, 20, lives on the 3000 block of Poet Court in the city’s Ashbury neighborhood. He pleaded guilty in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet to a charge of drug possession, according to court records.
Judge Richard C. Schoenstedt sentenced Kelly to 78 days in Will County Jail, records showed. Kelly spent 39 days in the jail after being arrested, and with day-for-day credit for good behavior, has already served his term.
Records indicated Schoenstedt on Dec. 17 also placed Kelly on two years of probation and ordered him to pay a total of $2,647 in fines and court costs.
Naperville police arrested Kelly about 4:45 p.m. April 25, after he and two friends were seen riding in a silver, 2001 Ford Taurus on 95th Street near Plainfield-Naperville Road.
A police spokesman in April said an officer was in a squad car and on patrol on 95th Street, with the Taurus alongside him in the left lane and positioned to turn south onto Plainfield-Naperville Road. The officer noted the car’s front seat passenger was not wearing his seat belt, the spokesman said.
The officer followed the car onto Plainfield-Naperville Road, curbing it near Conan Doyle Road, the spokesman said. The officer, upon approaching the car, noted a strong odor of burning marijuana coming from inside, the spokesman said.
Police searched the car and found a plastic bag containing 22 green-colored pills and a change purse-style bag containing $160 in $20 bills, the spokesman said. Police determined the pills and money belonged to Kelly.
The pills proved to be Klonopin, which is also known as clonazepam. The drug is used to control epileptic seizures and treat panic disorder.
“Further investigation showed the pills were being sold by Mr. Kelly as a source of income,” the police spokesman said.
Records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton showed Naperville police ticketed or arrested Kelly three times between February and August 2010 for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed on court supervision and fined in all three matters, and also performed community service work in one case, according to records.