Man faces weapons charges

Man faces weapons charges

URBANA — An Urbana man who allegedly had a shotgun at his home has been charged with two weapons-related offenses.

Jonathan Parker, 38, who listed an address in the 800 block of West Hill Street, was arraigned Friday on charges alleging he's an armed habitual criminal and that he committed unlawful possession of weapons by a felon.

According to an Urbana police report, Parker was in the county jail on March 1 when he asked to speak to an Urbana police officer about a gun.

Parker told the officer that he had previously seen someone in east Urbana hide a shotgun, which he then recovered, took home and put under a child's wagon in his yard.

Police went to his home and could not find the gun in the yard. They then searched with the permission of his girlfriend and found a shotgun in the basement.

The report said the serial number on the shotgun matched one that had been reported stolen in an Urbana home burglary on Dec. 15, 2011.

Because of prior convictions for burglary, theft and delivery of a controlled substance, Parker may not possess a weapon.

His bond was set at $50,000 and he was told to be back in court May 29.

If convicted of the armed habitual criminal charge, Parker faces a mandatory prison term of between six and 30 years.

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