Guilty pleas in I-57 traffic stop bring prison sentences

Guilty pleas in I-57 traffic stop bring prison sentences

URBANA — A man from Harvey who was arrested on Interstate 57 in Champaign County two months ago in a car that contained drugs and a gun has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Anthony L. Smith, 27, pleaded guilty only to obstructing justice, admitting that he gave a false name to an Illinois State trooper conducting the stop on June 7.

Smith was a passenger in a car driven by Alfonzo Green, 44, of Jackson, Miss., that the trooper stopped west of Champaign for what appeared to be an obstructed windshield and three children who were not in car seats.

Police found cannabis, suspected cocaine and a loaded .22-caliber gun in the car.

Green pleaded guilty Wednesday to unlawful use of weapons by a felon and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Bennett said Smith was wanted on outstanding warrants from Kane and McHenry counties. He had a prior burglary conviction, the prosecutor said.

Prosecutors dismissed charges of armed violence and possession with intent to deliver cannabis against both Smith and Green in return for their pleas.

Bennett said Smith had a prior conviction for burglary.

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