Man with guns from Rural King sentenced to probation

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted he possessed guns that had been stolen from a Champaign store last summer has been sentenced to 30 months of probation.

Michael M. Brown, 22, of the 1500 block of Kings Way, pleaded guilty Thursday before Judge Tom Difanis to possession of a stolen firearm, admitting that on Sept. 30 he possessed two handguns that police found to have been stolen from the Rural King Supply store, 913 Marketview Drive, C, on Sept. 3.

Urbana police officers, responding to a call of shots fired at the Prairie Green apartment complex, overheard men talking in an apartment and the sound of a gun slide being pulled back.

Police made contact with the people inside but no one admitted knowing anything about a gun. Police then got a search warrant and found three guns in a toilet tank, all of which were found to have come from the earlier Rural King burglary.

Brown pleaded guilty to possession of only two of those guns and was also sentenced to 15 days in jail with credit for time served.

He was arrested March 27.

Two other men, Jailyne Roberts, 18, and Joseph Tate, 19, both of Champaign, are charged with burglary for breaking into the store Sept. 3 and stealing the guns. They are also charged with a second count of burglary for breaking into the store on Aug. 25 and stealing a shotgun, and aggravated possession of stolen firearms. Both remain jailed and are due back in court April 29.

So far, Champaign police have recovered nine of the stolen weapons.

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sweet caroline wrote on April 10, 2014 at 8:04 pm

This headline is misleading.  It should read "Man with stolen guns from Rural King...."  Otherwise, it sounds like he just had guns from Rural King, which really isn't a crime.