Gun case brings probation
URBANA — An Urbana man who had a handgun within 1,000 feet of a park was sentenced Monday to 18 months of probation.
Leavell Allen, 33, who listed an address in the 1200 block of East Green Street, pleaded guilty before Judge Tom Difanis to unlawful use of weapons, admitting that on Jan. 26 he had a loaded 9 mm handgun in a car that Champaign police stopped near the intersection of Marketview Drive and Moreland Boulevard. The charge to which he pleaded said he was within 1,000 feet of Town Center Park.
In return for Allen's plea, a more serious charge alleging he was an armed habitual criminal was dismissed.
Court records show Allen has two drug-related convictions which preclude him from possessing a gun.
He was also sentenced to 66 days in the county jail but given credit for time already served.