Urbana man sentenced to prison on weapon charge

Urbana man sentenced to prison on weapon charge

URBANA — A convicted felon from Urbana who admitted he possessed a shotgun has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Jonathan D. Parker, 38, whose last known address was in the 800 block of West Hill Street, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Tom Difanis to unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

He admitted that between Feb. 25 and March 1, he had a 12-gauge shotgun in his home.

Because of a 2002 conviction for burglary, Parker is not allowed to possess weapons.

He volunteered to police, while in the county jail on an unrelated charge, that he saw someone hide a shotgun, which he then recovered and took to his home.

More serious charges of being an armed habitual criminal were dismissed in return for his plea.

In other cases recently resolved in Champaign County with guilty pleas:

— Michael Terry, 54, who listed an address in the 1100 block of North Gregory Street, Urbana, was sentenced to five years in prison for retail theft over $300.

He pleaded guilty in April to stealing items last November from Walmart. Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar said Terry pushed a cart full of merchandise out the door without paying for it and at the time was on parole for theft.

Judge John Kennedy imposed the sentenced on Terry, who had several prior convictions for theft and two for burglary.

— Dontrail Emery, 19, who listed an address in the 900 block of North Broadway Avenue, Urbana, was sentenced to two years in prison for theft.

He admitted that on Nov. 7, he had a television, laptop and cable modem that had been stolen from an apartment on West White Street in Champaign. Emery told police he got them from another man, who had stolen them.

Emery had a prior conviction for burglary stemming from car break-ins in north Champaign in January 2010 and a separate conviction for criminal trespass to residence.

— Lance Simon Jr., 46, who listed an address in the 600 block of Liberty Avenue, Rantoul, was resentenced to two years in prison for theft with a prior burglary.

Simon admitted he violated the conditional discharge he received May 17 for theft by stealing two bottles of whiskey liquor from the County Market in Rantoul on May 28.

Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark said Simon had prior convictions for burglary, retail theft, attempted burglary and resisting a peace officer.