Charleston man sent to prison over 2012 incident

URBANA — A Charleston man charged with a number of crimes in connection with a domestic dispute that happened in Champaign more than a year ago has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

Michael A. Glover, 47, pleaded guilty late last month in Champaign County Circuit Court to a single count of possession of a stolen vehicle, admitting that on Nov. 19, 2012, he was driving a car in Champaign that had been stolen from a sales car lot in Charleston a day earlier.

Glover was arrested that day after getting into a dispute with his former girlfriend in the 200 block of West Columbia Street then allegedly trying to run over a Champaign police officer who was there to help.

A police report said Glover had been using a crowbar to break windows in the woman's car and Champaign police Sgt. John Schweighart pulled his gun and ordered him repeatedly to drop it. Glover eventually pitched the crowbar and got into the stolen Cadillac, which he quickly accelerated in reverse in Schweighart's direction, ignoring Schweighart's orders to get out of the car.

Thinking he was going to be hit by the Cadillac or crushed between two vehicles, Schweighart fired his gun at the Cadillac's left rear tire.

The car kept going and Glover crashed shortly after into a fire hydrant near the corner of Prospect Avenue and Washington Street. He got out and ran and was found at a nearby apartment.

Glover was charged with home invasion, criminal damage to property, stalking, aggravated fleeing and possession of a stolen vehicle but Assistant State's Attorney Scott Bennett negotiated an agreement with Glover's attorney that allowed Glover him to plead to the stolen car charge for the prison term.

Bennett said the alleged victim of the domestic dispute was not hurt badly and refused treatment at the scene. He said her version of what happened "fluctuated" as he prepared for trial.

Bennett said two other witnesses also had convictions, which might have compromised their credibility had they testified.

Bennett said Glover had prior convictions for possession of a stolen vehicle, robbery and retail theft from Coles County. He also has unresolved felony cases in that county and if he's convicted of them he would have to serve the sentence for those after he's finished with his Champaign County sentence.

Glover was given credit for 399 days already served.

Chief Anthony Cobb said after an investigation into the shooting, Schweighart was given a letter of reprimand for violating the departmental rule that says: "Officers shall carry and use firearms in accordance with law and departmental directive."

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