Urbana man gets prison for unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon

Urbana man gets prison for unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon

URBANA — An Urbana man has been sentenced to two years in prison for unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon following an incident in which shots were fired in his apartment.

Turhan L. Sims, 25, who listed an address in the 1400 block of Silver Street, pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

As part of a plea agreement, one count of attempted murder and one count of aggravated battery were dismissed.

According to an Urbana police report, officers were called to an apartment complex in the 1400 block of Silver 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.

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