Judge sentences man to five years after probation violation

Judge sentences man to five years after probation violation

URBANA — A Champaign man who violated his probation for assault by threatening another person has been resentenced to prison.

Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd on Tuesday said the public needs to be protected from Johnnie D. Gillon, 38, whose last known address was in the 700 block of Bethume Court, and resentenced him to five years in prison.

In January, Gillon pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for threatening an off-duty security guard from the Illinois Terminal who had banned Gillon from the downtown transportation hub for fighting. In that case, Gillon approached the man outside a downtown Champaign bar in the early morning hours of Dec. 27, asked "Remember me?" and pulled a paring knife on him. The guard walked away unharmed and called police, who found Gillon not far away with the knife.

He received 30 months of probation in January.

After Gillon was arrested again by Urbana police in February for threatening to kill a restaurant employee, the state's attorney took steps to revoke his probation.

In that case, Assistant State's Attorney Scott Bennett said Gillon was outside the Little Caesars, 1901 S. Philo Road, U, on the afternoon of Feb. 28 begging patrons for money to buy food. Gillon was yelling at patrons in front of the store and continued to do so inside, the prosecutor said.

When the female manager tried to get between Gillon and a patron he was bothering, Gillon then directed his aggressive behavior toward the manager and threatened to kill her, Bennett said. Gillon was also abusive with Urbana police who took him to jail.

Ladd made a finding in July that Gillon had violated his probation.

Bennett said Gillon has previous convictions for battery, aggravated battery, domestic battery, burglary, theft, possession of controlled substance, possession of cannabis, and criminal trespass to residence and land.

Although court records indicate Gillon was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, Ladd noted that he had failed to take advantage of court-ordered help for that in at least 10 different community-based sentences, none of which was successful.

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