KANKAKEE — Charles “Chuck” S. Roberts III, of Bourbonnais, was sentenced to four years in prison for felony possession of cannabis with intent to deliver on Tuesday.
Roberts was found guilty by a jury in February.
Under state sentencing guidelines. Roberts receives credit for each day served. He also received credit for time served since his arrest. He was ordered to pay $2,000 in fines and court costs.
Roberts used the Kankakee home of his friend, Paul Eby, to produce cannabis-laced gummi bears in October 2018. Eby, his wife, Lisa, and their two sons had known Roberts for 16 years.
The Eby’s eldest son told Kankakee police investigators he took some of the bears to Kankakee High School, where six classmates ate them.
School administrators became concerned when students began acting abnormally during classes shortly after eating the bears. Two of the six students were treated at local hospitals.
The Eby’s son told Kankakee police investigators Roberts came over and made a batch of the bears laced with pot. He said there were hundreds of bears in the batch and he took some. He was charged as a juvenile for possession of cannabis.
Paul Eby testified Roberts was allowed to manufacture cannabis-laced candies, such as the gummi bears. Eby testified he had watched Roberts manufacture the gummi bears at least 10 times.
During a search of the Eby’s home after the incident, investigators recovered 2,612 grams (5.7 pounds) of gummi bears in a garbage bag on a table in the Eby’s dining room. Also taken into evidence was 21.4 grams (.75 ounces) of cannabis, 15 forms used to make the edibles and a digital scale.