Teen sentenced in weapon case

URBANA — A Champaign teen who had a loaded gun with him in Urbana in April has been sentenced to 30 months of probation and 90 days in jail.

Delancion D. Newsome, 17, who listed an address in the 1100 block of Maplepark Drive, Champaign, pleaded guilty Thursday to a single count of aggravated unlawful use of weapons. In exchange, a more serious charge of armed violence that carried a mandatory prison sentence was dismissed.

Newsome admitted that he had a gun in a backpack in a vehicle that police saw parked in a lot of 300 block of South Broadway Avenue, Urbana, on April 28.

Police were patrolling after a nearby concert had let out. When they smelled the odor of burning cannabis coming from the car, they asked if they could search. That's when they found the backpack.

Newsome's attorney, Ed Piraino of Champaign, said he was having his client, who is in high school and has a job, evaluated for participation in the sheriff's home confinement program.

Newsome was told to come back to court Oct. 16 to determine where and how he would serve his jail sentence.

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