Two face weapons charges after Rantoul incident

Two face weapons charges after Rantoul incident

URBANA — Two men have been charged with weapons-related offenses as a result of shots being fired at a Rantoul apartment building late Saturday night.

A Rantoul police report said police were sent to a shots fired call in the 200 block of Keystone Drive about 11:12 p.m.

One witness reported seeing muzzle fire from one of the second-floor apartments while other witnesses from the apartment below reported hearing eight shots. They also saw spent shell casings falling from the balcony above to the porch below.

Police went to the apartment where the shots came from but no one would answer the door. They obtained a search warrant which they served later with the help of the METRO team.

Inside the apartment they found Michael Haight, 28, who listed an address in the 400 block of East Letchworth Avenue; Timothy W. McCauley, 24, of the apartment being searched; and a woman.

In a jacket pocket in the apartment, police found a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol and two magazines for the gun, one of which was empty.

The men gave conflicting statements about who was responsible for firing the weapon.

Haight was charged with being an armed habitual criminal and unlawful use of weapons by a felon for having the gun, ammunition for it, and ammunition for a different gun. As a previously convicted felon — Haight has convictions for burglary and possession of weapon by a felon — he is not allowed to possess weapons or ammunition.

Judge Chase Leonhard set his bond at $200,000 and told him to be back in court June 17. He faces six to 30 years in prison if convicted of the armed habitual criminal charge.

McCauley was charged with unlawful use of weapons by a felon for possessing the 9 mm semi-automatic pistol. Court records show he was on parole for a 2010 conviction from Lee County for domestic battery with a prior domestic battery conviction.

Leonhard set his bond at $100,000 and ordered him back in court June 17. He faces three to 14 years in prison if convicted.

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