Year in prison for man accused of pointing gun in Campustown

Year in prison for man accused of pointing gun in Campustown

URBANA — A Chicago man who admitted he had a gun that witnesses said he pointed at others in Campustown in August was sentenced Thursday to a year in prison.

Andre C. Johnson, 23, pleaded guilty before Judge Heidi Ladd to aggravated unlawful use of weapons, admitting that on Aug. 10, he had a handgun at a time when he wasn't in his home or business and that he wasn't licensed to carry it.

Assistant State's Attorney Matt Banach said late that morning, a person reported that a man pointed a gun at another man near the intersection of First Street and Springfield Avenue. The witness gave police a description of the armed man, who put the handgun in a backpack before leaving on a bicycle.

Banach said a Champaign police officer spotted Johnson, who matched the description, with a backpack. Johnson fled from the officer, tossing a gun as he ran. Police later recovered a loaded handgun under a vehicle along the path where Johnson ran.

In his backpack, police found ammunition and two scales, Banach said.

The prosecutor said Johnson had no prior convictions. He was given credit on his sentence for 91 days already served and was ordered to forfeit the gun and ammunition to Champaign police.

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