Gun case brings probation

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.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on April 02, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Oh yes... go easy on the gun laws by all means.  After all, he is only a convicted felon carrying a gun.  An 18 month probation, and 66 days in jail will teach him to follow the law until the next time.

billbtri5 wrote on April 02, 2013 at 6:04 pm

again let's see,  no FOID card and not qualified to have one , 5 years in prison and a $15000 fine...why keep letting criminals with guns off the hook?...

Sid Saltfork wrote on April 02, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Good question.  Maybe, a legal expert would be willing to answer the question.  Cutting the trigger finger, and thumb off of the guilty's dominant hand would be cruel, and inhumane punishment.  The prisons are full so that might be the explanation.  Of course, the guilty could have ratted out someone on something else.  That might be the answer.  The answer will not be provided though.  It is just another case in the long line of non-prosecution of gun laws.  The criminals will always have guns thanks to the judicial system.

alabaster jones 71 wrote on April 03, 2013 at 8:04 pm
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What the hell is "Town Center Park," and why should it make any difference what arbitrary distance he was from it?

He should be punished, yes.  However, he should be punished solely for what he did, not because he was within an arbitrary distance of what I imagine is a few trees, and maybe a bench or a picnic table, that is referred to a "park."  Let's just call these "1,000 feet from a park/school/whatever" laws for what they are...a dirty trick to add time onto sentences and to give prosecutors more leverage.  Another feather in the cap of the prison industrial complex.

Skepticity wrote on April 14, 2013 at 12:04 pm

This was one of two illegal possession of a firearm cases that received probation on the same day.  The stories were on the same printed page.  Criminals who had guns illegally being released to the community. 

We keep hearing about the need for new laws and background checks to possess a gun, but when criminals who possess them illegally are apprehended, they are soon released back to the communtiy on probation. 

I feel so much safer that he is on probation.  I am sure he will never break the law again.