Urbana man pleads innocent in shooting

URBANA — An Urbana man is being held at the Champaign County Jail on $500,000 bond following his arrest over the weekend in connection with an attempted murder last month on the east side of Urbana.

Turhan L. Sims, 25, who listed an address in the 1400 block of Silver Street, pleaded innocent Monday to one count of attempted first-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm.

According to an Urbana police report, officers were called to an apartment complex at 1404 Silver St. just after 1 a.m. on March 16, initially on a report of a domestic dispute. As they were en route, the call changed to one that shots had been fired.

Police found a 19-year-old man had been shot in the arm, allegedly by Sims, who lived in the same apartment as the victim.

Police said Sims and the other man are the boyfriends of the two women who live in the apartment.

The other man and his girlfriend had been arguing and Sims reportedly joined in, shifting the confrontation from the man and woman to the man and Sims.

The confrontation then continued in the complex's parking lot, where other people were gathered.

The report said Sims used a handgun to fire multiple shots in the direction of the victim, hitting him once in the arm.

Police said the victim was taken to an area hospital, where he was released after treatment.

Police were still looking for Sims when an officer spotted him entering an apartment in the 1500 block of Philo Road about 9 p.m. Sunday.

After police knocked on the door and found Sims inside the apartment, Sims surrendered to police and was arrested.

In addition to being wanted in connection with the March 16 incident, Sims was also wanted on an Illinois Department of Corrections warrant for violating the conditions of his parole.

Sims' next court appearance was set for April 12.

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billbtri5 wrote on April 02, 2013 at 12:04 pm

at least he must of  had a FOID Card...making him a lawful gun owner in this state...more gun laws would be good too...