MURPHYSBORO — A Marion man was sentenced on Thursday to serve a total of 17 years in state prison on three felony charges, including armed violence and possession of meth.

According to a news release from Jackson County State's Attorney Michael Carr, Damion M. Thomas, 43, was arrested after he ran from police attempting to stop a car he was in, leaving behind a brick of meth that weighed 1.24 pounds and a semi-automatic pistol.

The release states that Carbondale officers attempted to stop a car for lane violations in the 400 block of West Freeman Street, when Thomas, who was a passenger in the car, ran.

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As he ran, he tossed $1,400 in cash, a baggy of meth and a .32-caliber semiautomatic pistol into the woods. Officers also searched the car and found $3,500, a digital scale and the 1.24-pound brick of meth, which they believed were Thomas'.

Thomas had prior felony convictions.

Thomas pleaded guilty to these three new charges — a Class X felony charge of armed violence, a Class 3 felony charge possession of meth and a Class 3 felony charge of unlawful use of weapons by a felon. He got 15 years in state prison on the armed violence charge, two years on the meth possession charge and five years on the weapon possession charge. The armed violence and drug possession charges will be served consecutively for a total of 17 years. He will serve three years of mandatory supervised release after his prison term.

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