Man faces felony weapon, drug charges

URBANA — A Champaign man found asleep in a car with a gun near him has been charged with three felony offenses.

Lakeith Brooks, 52, who listed an address in the 1900 block of Sumac Drive, is being held in the Champaign County jail on charges of armed violence, possession of weapons by a felon, and possession of a controlled substance.

A Champaign police report said police were called to a parking lot in the 2900 block of West Kirby Avenue to a report of a person asleep in a car.

The officer saw Brooks with his legs hanging out of the car and could see a pistol in the car door that turned out to be loaded. After waking and searching Brooks, the officer found about 1 1/2 grams of cocaine on him, the report said.

Armed violence, the most serious of the charges, is a Class X felony carrying a prison term of between six to 30 years upon conviction. Because of a previous conviction for possession of a controlled substance, Brooks is not supposed to possess a weapon.

Judge Richard Klaus set his bond at $25,000 and ordered him to be back in court June 12.

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billbtri5 wrote on May 01, 2012 at 12:05 pm

did he have a FOID card?

rsp wrote on May 01, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Felons can't get FOID cards.

scollins4443 wrote on May 01, 2012 at 12:05 pm
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You know, how can a person be violent and sleeping? Are his dreams of a violent nature?  How can he be charged with being violent? The law hangs anything on you and then the prosecutor wants you to plea to get a lesser charge. He was only sleeping! I bet the gun wasn't in veiw and his attorney will have it thrown out.

rsp wrote on May 01, 2012 at 1:05 pm

The gun was in the door. In sight. Armed violence is a charge that is used to enhance the time of drug dealers, etc. who choose to use and carry guns. Armed with a weapon and committing violence upon the community. I'll take your bet.

serf wrote on May 01, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Google is your friend

 

(720 ILCS 5/33A-2) (from Ch. 38, par. 33A-2) 
    Sec. 33A-2. Armed violence-Elements of the offense. 
    (a) A person commits armed violence when, while armed with a dangerous weapon, he commits any felony defined by Illinois Law, except first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, intentional homicide of an unborn child, second degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, aggravated battery of a child as described in Section 12-4.3 or subdivision (b)(1) of Section 12-3.05, home invasion, or any offense that makes the possession or use of a dangerous weapon either an element of the base offense, an aggravated or enhanced version of the offense, or a mandatory sentencing factor that increases the sentencing range.