12-year prison term for armed habitual criminal

12-year prison term for armed habitual criminal

URBANA — A Rantoul man convicted of being an armed habitual criminal was sentenced Wednesday in Champaign County Circuit Court to 12 years in prison.

In December, a jury convicted Corey Lee, 34, of that crime for having a gun in a home on Marco Drive in Rantoul on Aug. 3.

Because of multiple prior convictions, including ones for attempted armed robbery, possession with intent to deliver cannabis and a controlled substance, obstructing justice, criminal trespass, and unlawful use of weapons, Lee is not allowed to have a gun.

The gun sighting by a neighbor prompted Rantoul police to evacuate some homes in that neighborhood as they watched the house where Lee was known to live with a girlfriend.

Assistant State's Attorney Duke Harris asked Judge Harry Clem to impose the maximum 30-year sentence on Lee. Lee was represented by Champaign attorney Dan Jackson.

In imposing the prison sentence, which relatives said would be a hardship on them, Clem noted that Lee is almost $20,000 in arrears on court-ordered child support for his children.


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