Rantoul man charged for having pistol

Rantoul man charged for having pistol

URBANA — A Rantoul man was taken into federal custody in connection with a gun incident last month in Rantoul.

Dennis P. Droughns, 33, was charged Tuesday with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison, according to Sharon Paul, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office. He is due back in court on Aug. 22.

Rantoul police said they found Droughns with a semiautomatic pistol during a fight outside a Rantoul pub on June 15.

According to a police report, officers were called to a fight involving 15 to 20 people in the 100 block of East Congress Avenue at 12:35 a.m. that day.

When they arrived, they found Droughns fighting with another man outside the Rantoul Pizza Pub, 114 E. Congress Ave. Droughns was on his back with the other man on top of him.

Police found a black 9 mm semi-automatic pistol on the ground next to Droughns. The gun was loaded with a round in the chamber and the safety off.

The victim and a witness told police that Droughns had confronted the victim about a prior argument. Droughns reportedly displayed the gun, pointed it at the victim and said, “I ought to pop you now.”

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