Gun possession brings 8-year prison term

Gun possession brings 8-year prison term

URBANA — A Rantoul woman with a history of felony convictions has been sentenced to eight years in prison for possessing a gun.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said last month a Champaign County jury convicted Tasheba Adkinson, 29, who last lived on Mahoning Avenue in Rantoul, of possession of a weapon by a felon. Because of two prior felony convictions out of Texas, Adkinson was eligible for two to 10 years in prison.

Clifton said on Aug. 16, a neighbor called Rantoul police to report seeing a door open all day at Adkinson's mobile home on Mahoning. The officer went to check it out and couldn't get anyone to answer the door. He then went inside to make sure no one was hurt and saw a loaded revolver in plain view on a shelf.

He later learned that Adkinson lived there and that she had prior felony convictions for possession of five to 50 pounds of cannabis and attempted assault of a public servant, according to Clifton.

Clifton said a warrant was issued for Adkinson's arrest but she wasn't arrested until Sept. 16 when she was picked up for driving under the influence of alcohol in Rantoul. That DUI case remains unresolved.

Judge Heidi Ladd gave Adkinson credit on her sentence for 44 days already served.

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