Felon charged with possession of gun

Felon charged with possession of gun

URBANA — A Champaign man who was seen on a cellphone video allegedly shooting a gun has been charged with a felony.

Daveyonta Fairman, 18, of the 100 block of East Bellefontaine Street was arraigned Monday on a single count of aggravated unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. If convicted, he would face a mandatory prison term of between three and seven years.

Champaign police Sgt. Dave Griffet said that in the course of investigating several June shootings in Champaign, police seized cellphones from some of the men arrested. They obtained search warrants to look at the phones and on one was a video that showed Fairman at a location in rural Champaign County firing a shotgun, apparently at a target, Griffet said.

Because of prior convictions, Fairman is not allowed to possess or use a gun.

Fairman allegedly fired the shotgun on May 15 while he was serving a sentence of probation he received in July 2012 for aggravated unlawful use of weapons by a felon. That probation was revoked in June and he was resentenced to a year of conditional discharge and 90 days in jail.

He also had an adjudication as a minor for possession with intent to deliver cannabis.

Fairman is being held in the Champaign County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bond and is due back in court Oct. 15.

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