Rantoul felon gets 5 years for having gun

Rantoul felon gets 5 years for having gun

URBANA — A Rantoul man who admitted he had a gun in that village last summer has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Judge Harry Clem imposed the sentence in December on Charles E. Burns, 59, whose last known address was in the 700 block of East Sangamon Avenue.

He pleaded guilty to unlawful use of weapons by a felon in connection with a July 12 incident in which he displayed a loaded handgun during an argument at an apartment in his own block.

In return for Burns' plea, the state's attorney dismissed a more serious charge alleging Burns was an armed habitual criminal. Court records show he has a prior Champaign County conviction for possession with intent to deliver cocaine.

Burns was given credit on his sentence for 148 days served.

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