Man sentenced to probation in weapon case

Man sentenced to probation in weapon case

URBANA — A Chicago man who admitted he unlawfully used a gun in August was sentenced Friday to two years of probation.

Deandre Fairman, 26, pleaded guilty to unlawful use of weapons before Judge Heidi Ladd, admitting that he had the gun within 1,000 feet of Yankee Ridge School in Urbana on Aug. 8.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Bennett said on that day, Urbana police were sent to 2008 Vawter, where a man had been shot. They ultimately learned that three men, including Fairman, had been wounded.

Bennett said Fairman's four-year-old stepson told police that Fairman came upstairs with a visible gunshot wound to his leg and placed a "big black gun" on the dresser. While police didn't find a gun in the apartment, they found a .45-caliber round that matched a casing found at the shooting scene.

Because of prior convictions for delivery of a controlled substance, Fairman is not allowed to have a weapon or ammunition.

He was also sentenced to 150 days in jail but given credit for time already served.

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