Champaign teen who admitted having loaded gun in car gets juvenile prison

Champaign teen who admitted having loaded gun in car gets juvenile prison

URBANA — A Champaign teen who pleaded guilty to having a loaded gun in a car in Champaign about six weeks ago was sentenced Monday to juvenile prison.

The 17-year-old pleaded guilty in early February before Judge Heidi Ladd to aggravated unlawful use of weapons, admitting that he was present Jan. 22 when another man in the car pulled a gun on a third man and demanded cash from him.

A more-serious charge of armed robbery was dismissed in return for the teen's guilty plea.

Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Perry said four young men were in the car smoking cannabis in the 700 block of South Mattis Avenue late that night.

The driver, Jalynn Evans, 18, who listed an address in the 900 block of North Randolph Street, Champaign, is the first to have allegedly pulled a gun and demanded cash from the victim. The 17-year-old reportedly followed suit.

A 16-year-old boy from Danville was also charged with armed robbery and aggravated unlawful use of weapons and is due in court March 16. Evans is set to return to court March 27.

Ladd sentenced the 17-year-old, who had prior adjudications for burglary and residential burglary, to three years in prison. However, it’s up to officials at the Department of Juvenile Justice to decide how long the teen actually serves.

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