Plea agreement orders no contact with gang members for Centralia man

MARION COUNTY — No additional jail time was ordered at sentencing Tuesday for a 24-year-old Centralia man who was initially charged with the November 19 armed robbery of a Centralia gas station and convenience store.

Lamar Bennett (Source: MCSO)
Lamar Bennett
(Source: MCSO)

Lamar Bennett was sentenced Tuesday to 180 days in jail with credit for 180 days already served and to four years probation on a Class 2 felony charge of delivery of narcotics.

Bennett earlier pleaded guilty in Marion County Court to the narcotics charge in exchange for a charge stemming from the alleged armed robbery of FuelVend in Centralia being dismissed.

He was initially arrested on drug related charges, but information from an ongoing investigation into the November 19 armed robbery of Fuel Vend Express on North Poplar Street also led to him being charged with Class X felony armed robbery with a firearm.

In addition to armed robbery, Bennett was also charged with Class 1 felony manufacture with the intent to distribute between 1-15 grams of heroin for what was allegedly inside a baggie he gave a Centralia police officer, Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance, Class 2 felony possession of narcotics, and Class 1 felony aggravated armed robbery indicating a firearm.

In exchange for his guilty plea to the Class 2 offense, the other charges were dismissed.  In addition to serving 4-years probation, Bennett must also complete drug and alcohol evaluation and treatment, mental health evaluation and treatment, abstain from drugs and alcohol with testing, maintain full-time employment, get his GED, and have no association with gang members