Plea in weapons case brings 3-year prison sentence

Plea in weapons case brings 3-year prison sentence

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted he had a loaded gun in a vehicle in Urbana last spring has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Christopher J. Wilson, 21, last of the 1600 block of West Bradley Avenue, pleaded guilty last week before Judge Harry Clem to unlawful use of weapons by a felon.

He admitted that on May 9 he had a loaded gun in a backpack in a Jeep that sheriff's deputies had stopped on Lierman Avenue after receiving information that there were people with guns in the area.

Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark said she dismissed other charges of armed violence and possession of methamphetamine and cocaine because the state crime lab reported that substances in the vehicle believed to be drugs were found not to be.

Wilson was given credit on his prison sentence of 78 days already served.

Court records show he was on probation for a 2013 robbery conviction at the time of his arrest in May.

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Rob.. wrote on July 30, 2014 at 9:07 pm

Hahahahaha! This is a joke right? Another perfect example of why so many shootings are going on in Champaign... A loaded gun and only gets three years when an armed violence charge is a class x felony. He does barely a year and is set free to do it all over again. Time and time again the news shows how very little time these boys are getting for gun charges. This just gives them a reason to not take Champaign police serious. The Champaign County court system is a complete joke! What is wrong with these state's attorneys?

billbtri5 wrote on July 31, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Police and Community Leaders  "what can we do to reduce gun violence?"

continuing to practice,  fast food justice, is not the way to do fact you could not do a much better job of promoting it...

ps  under FOID statutes, felon without a card,  class 3 felony, 2-5 years and a $25000 fine....

why not ask for the money?....