Urbana teen admits possessing stolen guns

Urbana teen admits possessing stolen guns

URBANA — An Urbana teen who admitted he had stolen guns in his home is headed to prison for five years.

Kelvin Hartfield, 17, who listed an address in the 200 block of Hartle Avenue, pleaded guilty before Judge Tom Difanis to aggravated possession of stolen firearms.

He admitted that on Nov. 14, he had four shotguns in his home that had been stolen from the home of a firearms dealer in Urbana on Nov. 5.

Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber said Urbana police received an anonymous tip that Hartfield had the guns. Because he was on parole for a juvenile adjudication for aggravated battery, a parole officer was allowed to search his home.

Weber said Hartfield told police he bought the guns for $285 from a man he knew only by a nickname and figured they were stolen.

In exchange for Hartfield's guilty plea, Weber agreed to dismiss a second count charging him with the residential burglary on Illinois Street. A total of eight shotguns, a television, Xbox gaming system and games, and a digital camera were stolen in the break-in.

Hartfield agreed to pay restitution of $3,982 to the homeowner, Weber said.


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