Champaign 17-year-old gets year of probation for weapons offense

Champaign 17-year-old gets year of probation for weapons offense

URBANA — A 17-year-old was released from detention to his grandmother Friday after pleading guilty to a weapons offense.

He was charged Nov. 15 with unlawful possession of weapon along with his mother, Debra Taylor-Smith, 36, of Champaign. He was also charged with possession of cannabis and she with unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

The charges stemmed from their arrest at their home by members of the Champaign County Street Crimes Task Force who found two guns and drugs during a court-authorized search of their house on West Eureka Street.

Police found a loaded gun, about $5,700 cash, a scale and 50 tablets of a painkiller in Taylor-Smith's room and a loaded gun and cannabis in a safe in his room.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said the youth pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm, a Class 4 felony, and was given a year of probation.

His mother is due back in court Dec. 19.

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jparks wrote on December 08, 2017 at 11:12 pm

Beautiful.  Probation.  That will teach them.  In the mean time a shooting occurs outside Champaign Central High School after a basketball game.  Probation is only appropriate for minor crimes.  This wasn't minor.