Huddleston sentenced to prison

A woman who lied about her teenage daughter being missing about a year ago has been resentenced to a year in prison for violating the terms of her probation.

Piatt County Judge Brad Rau resentenced Amanda Huddleston, 40, of Farmer City, formerly of Bement, last week to the year behind bars for obstructing justice.

She had pleaded guilty to that felony in January, admitting that she lied to authorities about her daughter’s whereabouts last November.

The facts were that Huddleston reported the 15-year-old missing on Nov. 20, launching an extensive search by area police, who eventually found her in Champaign on Dec. 5.

When they found the teen, they also learned that Huddleston had spent the Thanksgiving holiday with the girl as police were looking for her. Huddleston’s initial sentence was for a year of conditional discharge, 92 days in jail, and a letter of apology to Piatt County Sheriff David Hunt and investigator Tom Apperson.

In February, the Piatt County state’s attorney’s office took steps to revoke Huddleston’s conditional discharge, alleging she did not carry out the terms of her probation, including reporting as ordered to her probation officer.

She admitted to the judge in August that she had violated the terms of her probation.

She was given credit on her prison sentence of 48 days already served in jail.



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