Man gets 10 years for weapon, theft conviction

Man gets 10 years for weapon, theft conviction

URBANA — A Rantoul man who possessed a stolen rifle at another man's home last fall has been sentenced to 10 years in prison following his conviction for weapon and theft charges.

On Monday, Judge Tom Difanis sentenced Matthew E. Conley, 31, whose last known address was in the 1200 block of Falcon Drive, to 10 years in prison for unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and five years in prison for theft over $300.

The two sentences are to be served concurrently.

Conley was convicted in March for a Nov. 20 attack by Conley on a man living down the street from where Conley was staying.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Bennett said Conley's girlfriend, Latisha Miller, testified during the trial that he woke her in the early morning hours to have her drive him down the street to the apartment of John Parker, 23, who was living in the 1200 block of Falcon Drive.

Miller testified that she assumed Conley wanted her to take him to Parker's so Conley could pay Parker money he owed him.

She said when they were knocking at Parker's apartment, Conley was carrying a long object with a sheet over it. Once the door was answered, Miller said Conley pushed her aside and that the sheet came off the object, revealing a rifle, which Conley pointed at Parker.

Parker grabbed the barrel of the gun, and with the assistance of his brother, the two were able to get the gun from Conley and pin him against a car outside until Rantoul police arrived.

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