Urbana man faces Class X felony charge over gun in car

URBANA — An Urbana man with a history of drug-related convictions who allegedly had a loaded gun in his car Saturday is due back in court in March.

Leavell Allen, 33, who listed an address in the 1200 block of East Green Street, Urbana, remained in the Champaign County jail Tuesday after being charged Monday with being an armed habitual criminal, a Class X felony.

Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark said Champaign police spotted Allen near Market Place Mall on Saturday and knew he was driving on a suspended license and was wanted on a warrant.

As they were making the stop, police saw him and a woman in the passenger seat making quick, furtive movements, she said.

A search of the car turned up a loaded Smith & Wesson 9 mm handgun under the front passenger seat with the butt facing the driver's side.

Because of three prior drug convictions, Allen is not allowed to have a weapon.

He is being held in lieu of $250,000 bond. His next court date is March 19.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on January 29, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Is he going to get probation after some jail time like the last guy?  Enforce the existing gun laws.  Don't let people with illegal guns off with a wimp sentence.  DUI repeat offenders get more time than criminals with illegal guns.  It is about time that both groups of offenders get the maximum sentencing.

billbtri5 wrote on January 30, 2013 at 10:01 am

how about charging him with 1. illegal transportation of a firearm, ie not in a case 2. having a loaded firearm. 3. not having a FOID card, as a felon who would not qualify for a FOID card the penalty is 5 years in prison and a $15000 fine..why not at least make an attempt to get guns out of the hands of criminals and the city could use the money too..

SaintClarence27 wrote on January 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm

That's called multiplicity, and there are specific reasons against it.

awilson wrote on January 29, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Maybe we can give him probation and then wait for him to get out and accidentally shoot that woman he was in the car with next time they're visiting a local hotel...Then we can send him to jail.  That sounds like a good idea.