Armed habitual criminal plea brings 10-year prison term

Armed habitual criminal plea brings 10-year prison term

URBANA — A Champaign man who had a gun when he allegedly broke into a home in January intending to rob the man living there has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Derrial D. Webster, 23, whose last known address was in the 1200 block of Carver Drive, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Judge Heidi Ladd to a single count of being an armed habitual criminal.

He'll have to serve 85 percent of his prison sentence. In exchange for his plea, Assistant State's Attorney Scott Bennett agreed to dismiss charges of home invasion, armed robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and residential burglary.

All those charges stemmed from a Jan. 2 incident in which Webster and co-defendant Michael S. Miles 23, of Urbana, were accused of forcing their way into a home in the 400 block of West Vine Street in Champaign and robbing the 20-year-old resident, who was in a wheelchair, of cash.

Unknown to the intruders, the victim's uncle was in the back bedroom, heard what was going on, and called 911.

The uncle came out in time to see the intruders running out the door and used the door to hit Miles in the head. He then got in a physical fight with Miles and they tumbled into the yard at the feet of the arriving officers, Bennett said.

Bennett said police saw Webster run from the house with a black object in his hand. He ran down an alley and was cornered about a block away. Video from a squad car camera showed Webster dropping a gun. Police found the loaded .40-caliber gun near him.

Bennett said Webster admitted later to police that he brought the gun to the house to rob the residents of drugs.

Webster had two prior convictions for residential burglary and one for resisting arrest.

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Mattsmusings wrote on July 17, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Yes, let's complain about gun issues and then drop the gun charges! Is there any logic behind that?