Teen faces federal gun charge

Teen faces federal gun charge

URBANA — An Urbana teen on parole for aggravated robbery, who police say had a loaded, sawed-off rifle, faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

Kaleb Smith, 19, who listed an address in the 1500 block of Briarcliff Drive, was taken into federal custody and charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Judge David Bernthal ordered Smith be detained by the U.S. Marshal’s office without bond.

Smith is due back in court on Aug. 22.

Smith had been held in the Champaign County jail on county charges following his arrest on June 4.

According to a police report, Urbana officers were sent to the 1500 block of Briarcliff at 10 p.m. on June 4 to respond to a disturbance. The caller told police that Smith had allegedly pointed a gun at him.

Police 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. The serial number had also been scratched off.

Court records show Smith was sentenced in July 2013 to six years in prison, with a recommendation for boot camp, for the Oct. 8, 2012, aggravated robbery of the Circle K at 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.

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Skepticity wrote on July 10, 2014 at 11:07 am

Please, please, PLEASE stop referring to young adult criminals 18 years and older as "teens" in news stories. 

I acknowledge that it is numerically correct, but calling a young man who can vote and legally enlist in the armed forces a "teen" when reporting crimes implies a lesser responsibility for his/her actions upon the perpetrator. 

When a soldier kills enemies in Afganistan it is not reported as "Teen takes out Taliban strikeforce." 

We don't let minors under 18 vote based on a presumtion of reduced capacity to exercise judgement at those ages. 

How about if we reserve the word "teen" in news stories to 13 through 17?

PRETTY PLEASE??