Florida man convicted after representing himself


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Posted Online: March 20, 2013, 8:33 am
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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) Jurors in central Illinois have convicted a Florida pickup driver who represented himself at his trial on charges of trafficking 60 pounds of marijuana to Chicago.

Charles Hamilton wore jeans and a T-shirt as he spoke to jurors Tuesday. Prosecutors accused him of stashing the drugs in a spare fuel tank. Illinois State Police arrested him on Interstate 55 north of Bloomington in November 2011.

The 58-year-old told jurors he's sorry to lose part of his life to laws he doesn't agree with. But he said he did 'come into your state with this stuff in my truck,' as he motioned to bags filled with drugs in the courtroom.

The Pantagraph reports Hamilton helped select the jury and testified.

He is scheduled to be sentenced April 30.














 



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