Gun at store brings prison term

Gun at store brings prison term

URBANA — An Urbana man who had a loaded gun in a convenience store last summer was sentenced Wednesday to 7 1/2 years in prison.

Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis imposed the sentence on Andrew Ashby, 20, whose last known address was in the 2400 block of East Illinois Street, who had pleaded guilty in January to aggravated unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

He admitted that on Sept. 1, he had a .25-caliber handgun in the Home Run Food Mart, 1509 E. Washington St., U. Police found it when they went there in search of another man who was wanted for a robbery that occurred not far from the store.

Because of a 2008 conviction for robbery, Ashby is not allowed to possess weapons. He also had a conviction from 2008 for driving under the influence.

In other court cases recently resolved in Champaign County:

— Judge Heidi Ladd sentenced Darrayl Kirk, 29, who listed an address in the 1800 block of Melanie Lane, Champaign, to five years in prison for possession with intent to deliver cocaine.

Kirk pleaded guilty to that, admitting that on April 29, he had 4.9 grams of crack cocaine in 21 packets intended for sale.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said police found the cocaine on Kirk after he was stopped in the 1100 block of Dorsey Drive in Champaign where they were investigating a report of shots being fired.

Court records show Kirk had prior convictions for obstructing justice, domestic battery, driving under the influence and driving under suspension.

— James D. Hutson, 24, whose last known address was in the 700 block of Willow Pond, Rantoul, was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to unlawful restraint.

He admitted that on Jan. 13, 2010, he refused to let a woman out of a car near his home.

More serious charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault alleging Hutson forced the woman to have sex with him were dismissed in return for his plea.

He was also ordered to have no contact with the woman, who was friends with an acquaintance of Hutson.

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allergic to stupid wrote on February 23, 2012 at 10:02 am

Probation for aggravated criminal sexual assault? Im not so sure that should have been the charge they dropped.

Trojan wrote on February 23, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Two counts of aggravated sexual assault are dropped!! Police had biological evidence for the assault (see County Clerk case documents)! It seems that Champaign justice pursues cases VERY selectively. They would put people behind bars for decade based only on hearsay - but let somebody go even if the "CSI" provides material evidence.

SaintClarence27 wrote on December 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Perhaps the woman refused to testify?