Urbana man receives prison term for home invasion

URBANA — An Urbana man with a history of violence toward the mother of his child was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison for his latest actions involving her.

Champaign County Judge Harry Clem sentenced Jermaine K. Wilson, 35, who listed an address in the 2400 block of East Illinois Street, for home invasion.

A jury convicted Wilson in May of forcing his way into the home of Tatiana Leviston, 27, on Joanne Lane in Champaign on March 23.

Testimony at trial was that Wilson and Leviston have a son together but a sporadic relationship. Leviston told the jury she had called it off in early March but on March 23, she was sleeping on the couch with her son, who is about 1, when she woke to find Wilson standing over her speaking angrily. In an effort to distract him, she handed him the baby and tried to run for the bathroom.

She testified he pulled her by the hair and punched her in the face and head as he held the baby in his arms. He also pulled out a patch of her hair.

She said he left later when her sister showed up. The women and the baby left the house after calling police, who could find no signs of forced entry.

Leviston returned a couple of hours later to get a bottle for the baby and found Wilson standing in her bedroom. She again left and called police and again Wilson was gone by the time police arrived. On that second visit, police found the bedroom window open, blinds on the floor and the doors locked. Wilson was arrested a few days later.

To aggravate his sentence, Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark presented evidence about prior disputes between the Wilson and Leviston.

Champaign police officer Mike Talbott testified he arrested Wilson in August 2009 for violating a no-contact order with Leviston. Officer Jeff Thomas testified he investigated an April 2013 incident where Wilson prevented her from leaving her home; another August 2013 incident where Wilson took Leviston's purse containing her keys and cellphone and didn't give them back; and a March incident prior to the home invasion during which he punched her in the legs several times while their child was present.

Clark sought a 15-year sentence for Wilson while his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Stephanie Corum asked for a minimum six years in prison.

Clark said Wilson had a prior juvenile adjudication for possession of a firearm and adult convictions for resisting a peace officer, possession with intent to deliver cannabis, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of bail bond, and delivery of a controlled substance.

Wilson was on parole for the last drug-related conviction at the time of his arrest for the home invasion, Clark said.

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