Man sentenced to prison faces weapons charges

Man sentenced to prison faces weapons charges

URBANA — An Urbana man sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for having cocaine intended for sale in Urbana was charged Friday with additional crimes related to a shooting in southeast Urbana.

The Champaign County state's attorney's office Friday charged Mark A. Barber, 30, who listed an address in the 0-100 block of Toni Lane, with being an armed habitual criminal, aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of weapons, stemming from a Feb. 23 incident in the 1300 block of Silver Street.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said the victims in that crime reported to Urbana police that Barber entered their apartment, argued with them and fired two shots from a semiautomatic handgun.

Police recovered evidence consistent with the victims' version of events, she said, including a fired round that had penetrated several walls in the apartment building.

Barber was arrested Thursday after having been in court pleading guilty to a drug-related charge that resulted in a three-year prison sentence.

When he was interviewed about the February incident, he admitted being present at the Silver Street apartment but denied shooting the gun. However, his account of what happened was not consistent with security video, Rietz said.

Barber was ordered held on $250,000 bond in the new case and told to be back in court May 6. If convicted of the most serious of the recent charges, he faces six to 30 years in prison, which would have to be served after he's finished serving the three-year prison sentence for having cocaine intended for sale.

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