Man sentenced to 18 years for attempted murder

URBANA — An Urbana man who held police at bay for hours while he threatened the life of a woman is headed to prison.

Ismail Ervin, 28, who occasionally stayed in an apartment rented by his brother in the 900 block of East Harding Drive, pleaded guilty Friday to the attempted first-degree murder of Jaclyn Walker, 27, also of Urbana.

He was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Because Walker was injured, Ervin will have to serve at least 15 years of the sentence.

Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar said on April 17, Ervin was in the Harding Drive apartment with Walker when the two got into an argument. A resident called police about 9:25 p.m. to report a fight between a man and a woman. The caller saw a woman run from the apartment chased by a man who forced her back in.

Police arrived and forced their way in, calling out to the people inside from the living room. A man, identified as Ervin, responded from the back of the apartment that he would kill the woman if they didn't leave. He made comments that led police to believe he had a gun.

After more than four hours of trying to talk with him, members of the METRO team stormed the apartment about 2 a.m. They found Ervin in the bathroom stabbing Walker.

Lozar said she sustained wounds to her head and shoulder from being stabbed repeatedly with a screwdriver.

In exchange for Ervin's plea to attempted murder, Lozar dismissed other charges of aggravated battery and forcible detention against Ervin.

Lozar said Ervin had prior convictions for aggravated battery, domestic battery, misdemeanor battery, attempted aggravated assault, and criminal trespass to residence.

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