Teen arrested with sawed-off rifle

Teen arrested with sawed-off rifle

URBANA — An Urbana teen on parole for aggravated robbery was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly having a loaded sawed-off rifle.

Urbana police Sgt. Dan Morgan said about 10 p.m. officers were sent to the 1500 block of Briarcliff Drive for a disturbance. The caller told police that Kaleb Smith, 19, who lives in that block, had allegedly pointed a gun at him.

Morgan said there were several people in front of the house when officers arrived, including Smith, who was sitting in a car.

They got him out of the car and found a loaded .22-caliber rifle with its barrel and stock cut off, Morgan said. The serial number had also been scratched off.

Morgan said while officers were dealing with Smith, some of the men inside the house got into a fight that led to the arrests of two other men for battery.

Court records show Smith was sentenced in July to six years in prison, with a recommendation for boot camp, for the Oct. 8, 2012, aggravated robbery of the Circle K, 1821 Philo Road, U. The clerk was robbed at gunpoint of cigarettes, cigars and cash. Smith pleaded guilty to the lesser charge. He had a juvenile adjudication for retail theft.

Smith was charged Thursday with unlawful use of weapons, possession of a sawed-off rifle and possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number.

If convicted of the most serious of charges, Smith faces a mandatory prison term of between three and 14 years.

Judge John Kennedy set his bond at $500,000.

Smith is due back in court June 13 for a probable cause hearing.


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787 wrote on June 05, 2014 at 12:06 pm

More times than not, it is the same people.... over and over and over again.

Too bad that Julia Rietz hasn't figured that out yet...

billbtri5 wrote on June 05, 2014 at 3:06 pm

we'll see how many of these charges are plead away...some of these are Federal violations, maybe they can get serious about our safety ..

Son of a Barrelmaker wrote on June 05, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Bring these issues to the attention of your County Board members.

Demand that these people be incarcerated and tried.

See how far you get.  There seems to be an overwhelming movement on the County Board to not have a jail.

Double dare you to do it.

rsp wrote on June 06, 2014 at 8:06 am

Anyone know the stats on how many go thru boot camp? Stay out of trouble after that? Any facts or are we just sticking to being alarmists here? Just checking.

Local Yocal wrote on June 07, 2014 at 4:06 pm
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Massive system failure here in that there seems to be little communication between probation/court services, parents, and boot camp supervisors. It's not as easy as looking up the seriousness of an offense and then tossing a key. We could have jailed the 17-year old Kaleb Smith for decades for the 2012 incident at Circle K, but prosecutors must have seen something redeemable at the time. Playing God with first-time or second-time offenders isn't easy, nor advisable. 

What's the story with this kid? Meth? Alcohol? Child abuse? Something has gone seriously awry in his history to create such violence, and demonic addiction to cigarettes of all things. 

Skepticity's call for a quarantine of this kid a while back is not entirely wrong, for Smith's trajectory isn't improving. 

But then, the system isn't designed to improve anything. It's designed for re-offending and making bigger monsters out of little monsters. Imagine if Smith had instead of going to boot camp, had done 1.9 months (average length of sentence at the D.O.C.)? He would have been exposed to a much more abusive situation and learned even worse traits the boot camp was supposed to knock out of him.  

Local Yocal wrote on June 08, 2014 at 9:06 am
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Assuming the gun Smith is using is loaded, I suppose threatening to use deadly force is a standard most would agree is a reason to imprison anyone. (Would that include the football coach on the highway?) 

You have to wonder what happened in boot camp that allowed Smith to essentially leave the same way he came in, or to what circumstances he was released to that triggers his psychosis. He is not a victim, but the "system" is not getting the thorough vetting in these quick media narratives that explains how the taxpayers paid for garbage in and more garbage out.