Man sentenced to seven years for altercation with police

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted that he shoved a police officer responding to a domestic dispute has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Keith Campbell, 22, whose last known address was in the 800 block of Oakcrest Drive, pleaded guilty Monday before Champaign County Judge Harry Clem to aggravated battery to a peace officer in connection with an incident that happened Feb. 16, 2012, in the 1400 block of Silver Street.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Larson said Campbell struggled with three officers as they attempted to take him into custody for allegedly striking a girlfriend. One officer was shoved and another sustained a sprained ankle, Larson said.

Larson said they eventually had to spray Campbell with pepper spray in order to get the handcuffs on him.

In exchange for Campbell's plea in that case, Larson agreed to dismiss an unrelated case of home invasion and residential burglary that had been filed against him in May for an incident that allegedly happened at an apartment on Hobson Drive in Rantoul on May 10.

Campbell was to have been tried by a jury Monday on that case, which involved four men breaking through a glass door of the apartment where several adults were present and stealing electronic items. Only three were located and arrested.

Last week, Cedric Grant, 22, of Urbana, and Lamont Taylor-Gwin, 23, of the 1200 block of East Florida Avenue, Urbana, who were co-defendants in the Rantoul home invasion and residential burglary case, each pleaded guilty to the residential burglary charge only.

Grant, who had prior convictions for burglary, battery and driving under suspension, was sentenced to nine years in prison. Taylor-Gwin, with prior convictions for robbery, aggravated robbery and possession of cannabis, was sentenced to seven years in prison with credit for 216 days already served.

Campbell had a prior conviction for aggravated fleeing and eluding from 2010, according to Larson.

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