Threat against shelter worker brings prison sentence

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted he threatened to harm an employee of a woman's shelter has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Otto Barroso, 31, who listed an address in the 300 block of Kenwood Road, pleaded guilty in November to intimidation.

He admitted that on Oct. 12, he called A Woman's Place in Urbana trying to find his girlfriend. When told by an employee that she couldn't give out that information, Barroso threatened to bring friends and physically harm the woman. The call was at least his second of the day to the women's shelter, according to Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar.

At the time of the incident, Barroso was on parole for a 2010 arson conviction.

Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis imposed the prison sentence on Barroso on Friday.

Lozar said Barroso also had prior convictions for theft, aggravated assault and misuse of a credit card.

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