Weapon conviction brings jail, probation
URBANA — A Bellwood man convicted by a jury of having a gun has been sentenced to probation and jail.
A Champaign County jury in December convicted Jimmy Thomas, 24, of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in connection with his arrest on Feb. 21, 2012, by Urbana police.
Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said investigators wanted to talk to witnesses in connection with a shooting that had occurred in November 2012 at a house on South Lincoln Avenue in Urbana. They went to an apartment at 2001 Moreland Boulevard in Champaign to find them and saw two men coming out an apartment through a window.
Police quickly caught Thomas. An officer saw him drop a loaded .40-caliber Ruger pistol as he ran.
The gun was sent to the state crime lab, where it was determined not to have been used in the South Lincoln Avenue shooting.
He was charged with aggravated unlawful use of weapons, a Class 4 felony, for having a gun on his person in public.
Clifton said at the time of Thomas' arrest, he was on first offender probation in DuPage County for possession of a controlled substance.
Judge Heidi Ladd sentenced Thomas to 18 months of probation and 90 days in the county jail.