URBANA — A Champaign man who had a gun in February that had been stolen last summer from Rural King has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Gabriel Chaney, 20, who listed an address in the 200 block of Hessel Boulevard, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Judge Harry Clem to unlawful possession of weapon by a felon.
He admitted that on Feb. 11, he had a gun while at the Popeye's Chicken, 910 Bloomington Road, C.
Police reports about that incident said that Chaney had allegedly threatened a teen he knew inside the restaurant with the gun. By the time police arrived, Chaney and co-defendant Jailyne Roberts, 18, of the 1400 block of Dobbins Drive, Champaign, were walking away. Chaney cooperated with police but Roberts kept walking.
When police caught Roberts, they discovered the Ruger .357 he had in his waistband was one of the 24 handguns stolen from the Rural King Supply store, 913 W. Marketview Drive, C, on Sept. 3.
It was the arrests of Chaney and Roberts that day that gave Champaign police the break they needed on the Aug. 25 and Sept. 3 burglaries at Rural King. In the first, two masked men broke in and stole a shotgun. In the second break-in, the 24 handguns were stolen by two masked men who smashed glass cases, grabbed the guns and ran before police could get there.
Roberts was one of the two accused of going in the store on both occasions. The other is Joseph Tate, 19, of the 1400 block of Honeysuckle Lane, Champaign. They remain in jail waiting trial.
At the time of his arrest, Chaney was on probation for attempted armed robbery in connection with a June 2012 incident in east Urbana in which a man was shot in the leg and buttocks as he tried to run from would-be robbers. That probation was terminated in light of the prison sentence.