Armed violence plea brings 15-year prison term

Armed violence plea brings 15-year prison term

URBANA — A St. Louis man who admitted he possessed drugs and a gun at the same time in Champaign last fall has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Donovan McCombs, 24, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Champaign County Judge Rich Klaus to armed violence.

Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar said McCombs admitted that on Nov. 5, he had a revolver in a car that was stopped on Bradley Avenue near McKinley for an alleged traffic violation. A drug-sniffing dog alerted to the presence of drugs in the car.

McCombs was a passenger in the front seat and a loaded revolver was found tucked between his seat and the middle console.

Once at the jail in the booking area, McCombs spit up 35 bags of heroin, containing about 8 grams, and 7 bags of cocaine, according to Lozar.

Lozar said McCombs is an admitted member of a gang in St. Louis. He had one prior conviction for driving under suspension.

McCombs was given credit on his sentence for 211 days already served. He is eligible for day-for-day good time.

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rsp wrote on June 05, 2014 at 6:06 pm

That's a sensitive dog there. Detecting drugs inside of a person?