Gun charges against Sidney man dropped for lack of evidence

Gun charges against Sidney man dropped for lack of evidence

URBANA — A Sidney man accused of being an armed habitual criminal has been cleared of that charge.

Assistant State's Attorney Matt Banach said he dismissed that charge and another for unlawful possession of weapon by a felon against Tarek Abbed, 39, after analysis of a gun could not establish that it was his.

Abbed had pleaded guilty in March to possession of a controlled substance and was awaiting sentencing when, on May 30, a parole officer found a gun in a camper in which he was staying on his relatives' property.

Banach said the gun was wrapped in a blanket and Abbed maintained it did not belong to him and he was unaware it was there when he moved into the camper.

His mother told authorities the same thing, Banach said.

The gun was sent to the state crime lab, but no fingerprints could be found on it and the DNA lifted from it came from a female, Banach said.

"After diligent forensic testing, there was insufficient evidence to proceed," he said.

Abbed still has to be sentenced by Judge Heidi Ladd for his conviction on the charge of possession of a controlled substance.

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