Rantoul man gets prison for obstructing justice

Rantoul man gets prison for obstructing justice

URBANA — A Rantoul man who admitted giving a false name to police during a traffic stop nearly two years ago was sentenced to five years in prison.

In exchange for Douglas L. Williams' plea to obstructing justice, a separate, more serious charge of home invasion was dismissed.

Williams, 22, who last lived in the 100 block of Shady Lane, pleaded guilty earlier this month before Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said on Feb. 17, 2012, Williams gave a false name to a Champaign police officer who pulled him over for having a loud stereo and expired registration.

Clifton said he dismissed a separate home invasion case against Williams stemming from a domestic dispute that allegedly happened Sept. 20 in the 400 block of North Penfield Street in Rantoul. The victim had reported to police that Williams forced his way in and hit her, but Clifton said she was unwilling to cooperate in his prosecution.

Clifton said Williams had prior convictions for burglary, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under revocation in the last four years.

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