Handgun brings prison sentence

Handgun brings prison sentence

URBANA — A 20-year-old Urbana man with a lengthy criminal history as a juvenile is headed to prison for possessing a handgun.

Sammy Boykins, whose last known address was in the 2700 block of East Illinois Street, pleaded guilty Thursday before Judge Heidi Ladd to possession of a weapon by a felon and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said Champaign police responded to a call that shots had been fired in the 1100 block of Paula Drive on Nov. 10 and found that a car had left the area, hitting a parked car in the process. Police located the fleeing car and followed it to a driveway on West Eureka Street in Champaign. Boykins and another man got out and started to walk away.

Clifton said the officer told them to get back in. Boykins did so, but got in the back seat and could be seen dropping something on the floor.

A search of the car turned up a .380-caliber pistol.

Clifton said Boykins was on parole for a 2010 robbery conviction at the time. He also had adjudications as a juvenile for aggravated robbery, aggravated battery, possession of cannabis and resisting a peace officer.

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