Man gets 12 years in three cases

Man gets 12 years in three cases

URBANA — A Champaign man who pleaded guilty in three different Champaign County criminal cases Tuesday has been sentenced to a total of 12 years in prison.

Jordan U. Johnson, 22, who listed an address in the 1000 block of North James Street, pleaded guilty to attempted solicitation to commit bribery, aggravated unlawful use of weapons and indecent solicitation of a child.

For the aggravated unlawful use of weapons case, Johnson was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

He admitted that on Jan. 7, he possessed a loaded gun, which he was not supposed to have because of a prior felony conviction.

On that day, he was arrested in the 1200 block of West Bradley Avenue in Champaign after police tried to stop him for questioning in connection with suspected house break-ins and because there was an outstanding warrant alleging that Johnson had violated his probation for a criminal trespass to residence conviction he received in September 2012. Police found a loaded .22-caliber gun in his path of flight.

Johnson also pleaded guilty to attempted solicitation to commit bribery, admitting that on Jan. 28, he instructed a woman to write a note to another woman, who was a victim in one of Johnson's pending burglary cases, telling that victim that she should not press charges against him. The charge alleged that Johnson instructed the third party to pay off the female victim if necessary, to persuade her not to cooperate in his prosecution.

For that charge he received two years in prison, which much be served after the 10-year sentence on the weapons conviction.

Both those sentences will be served at the same time as a six-year prison sentence he received in the third case of indecent solicitation of a child.

In that case, Johnson admitted that between Dec. 1, 2012, and Jan. 12, he solicited a Champaign girl under the age of 17 to engage in a sex act with him.

Under the terms of Johnson's plea agreement, Assistant State's Attorney Matt Banach agreed to dismiss two other cases — one charging him with a Dec. 12 residential burglary on Cruising Lane in Champaign and another charging him with a Jan. 12 criminal trespass to residence at a home in the 1000 block of North James Street in Champaign.

Johnson also had another prior conviction from 2009 for criminal damage to property, court records show.

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