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Probation for repeat offender in drug case

Updated: December 19, 2012 9:11PM

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP — An Aurora man avoided a return to prison after admitting to cocaine possession last week, court records show.

Police arrested 33-year-old Clifford McKinney in September on a charge that he had possessed cocaine. During a Dec. 10 hearing, McKinney pleaded guilty to a felony count of possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to two years of probation, ordered to pay $2,420 in fines and costs and was sentenced to time served for 91 days spent in Kane County Jail since his arrest, according to court records.

McKinney has had his share of trouble with the law over the last 11 years, including convictions for manslaughter in a 2001 fatal shooting, theft and drug possession and distribution.

He was sentenced to four years in prison for the shooting in the death of 17-year-old Josua Valenciano. McKinney initially faced a murder charge. Valenciano was shot in the back of the head while driving through downtown Aurora.

McKinney also served prison time for drug possession in 2006 and theft in 2008.

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