Man not in court when judge sentences him to prison

Man not in court when judge sentences him to prison

URBANA — A man who didn't show up for his sentencing Monday for biting a police officer was sentenced to six years in prison anyway.

Rynell Frazier, 25, for whom court records showed no home address, pleaded guilty in early August before Judge Tom Difanis to aggravated battery to a police officer for an incident that happened on Dec. 2, 2012.

Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar said on that day, Champaign police had been sent to a report of shots being fired near Green Street and Prospect Avenue in Champaign. They saw Frazier walking away from the area and ordered him to stop but he ran.

Officer Jerad Gale ran after Frazier as he fled over fences and into backyards. Lozar said when Frazier realized that Gale was going to catch him, he charged at the officer and bit his hand.

Other officers arrived and took Frazier into custody.

Lozar said a revolver with six spent casings in the cylinder was found in the area where Frazier had first been spotted. DNA from the gun matched Frazier's DNA, the prosecutor said.

Lozar said Frazier has several traffic-related convictions as well as criminal convictions for criminal damage to property, possession of cannabis, and criminal trespass.

Difanis issued a warrant for Frazier's arrest.

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