Man sentenced to 15 years for armed violence
URBANA — A Champaign man who was sleeping in a car where police found a loaded gun and cocaine has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The sentence was the minimum that Lakeith Brooks, 53, whose last known address was in the 1900 block of Sumac Drive, could have received for armed violence. He faced a maximum of 45 years.
He pleaded guilty in Champaign County Circuit Court on Tuesday, admitting that on April 29 he possessed a .25-caliber pistol and three-tenths of a gram of cocaine.
Assistant State's Attorney Duke Harris said Champaign police were sent to the parking lot of the County Market store at Kirby Avenue and Duncan Road to a report of a man sleeping with his legs hanging out the open door of a Corvette.
Harris said the officer saw the loaded gun in plain view in an open pocket of the car door. A search of Brooks turned up the small amount of cocaine inside a cigarette box that was in his coat pocket.
Harris said Brooks had prior convictions for possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence, deceptive practices, domestic violence and armed violence.
In return for Brooks' guilty plea, which he entered before Judge Harry Clem, Harris agreed to dismiss other charges of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of weapons by a felon and an unrelated aggravated assault charge.
In other cases resolved recently with guilty pleas or sentences imposed by judges:
— Ashley Hines, 20, whose last known address was in the 900 block of Lierman Avenue, Urbana, was sentenced to 18 months of conditional discharge after pleading guilty to aggravated unlawful use of weapons.
She admitted that on Aug. 1 she had a gun in her purse, which she claimed to be carrying for protection from a man with whom she was arguing in the 100 block of South Lierman Avenue.
An Urbana police report said the gun has been reported stolen from Sangamon County in 2005.
Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark said Hines was also ordered to have no contact with her ex-boyfriend.
— Julie Rahn, 45, of St. Joseph, was sentenced Thursday to six months in the county jail for aggravated driving under the influence.
She pleaded guilty in August to the Class 4 felony, admitting that on March 11 about 2 a.m., she struck a teenage boy who was walking on County Road 1700 N near 2200 E, northeast of St. Joseph and kept going.
She was found at her home in a subdivision not far from the accident site about three hours afterward and arrested.
Besides the sentence to the county jail, Judge John Kennedy sentenced her to two years of probation, fined her about $2,850, and ordered her to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet for a year after she's released from the county jail in March.
Court records indicate Rahn's blood alcohol concentration was 0.155 percent.
The teen was treated for a broken ankle, a sheriff's deputy said.