Loda man gets probation in incident where gun fired out of SUV

Loda man gets probation in incident where gun fired out of SUV

URBANA — A 20-year-old Loda man was sentenced Monday to two years of probation for a weapons offense.

Austin Flessner pleaded guilty before Judge Heidi Ladd to misdemeanor possession of a firearm without a valid firearm owner's identification card after his arrest for allegedly firing a gun out the window of a sport utility vehicle on Thanksgiving in rural Rantoul.

More serious felony charges of reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of weapons were dismissed.

The negotiated settlement is almost the same as that imposed on co-defendant Wyatt Morris, 21, of Rankin, in January. He also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm without a valid FOID card and had a charge of aggravated unlawful use of weapons dismissed.

A third defendant, Tristan Zoller, 20, of Loda, is supposed to be back in court March 27 on his case.

A police report from the sheriff's office said Morris was driving north near the intersection of county roads 1700 E and 3200 N at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 when the vehicle did a U-turn and traveled back to Rantoul.

Flessner, the front-seat passenger, was seen putting a gun out of the window and firing one shot into the air.

When police stopped the vehicle and the trio got out, police found a spent shotgun shell at the feet of Zoller, who was a back-seat passenger.

Officers recovered a loaded gun.

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GLG wrote on March 06, 2018 at 6:03 pm

Smiling in his booking picture! Where is the picture of him laughing his butt off after be the latest contestant in Ms. Reitz , "Lets make a deal" That OK Julia you can throw the book at him the next time!! Maybe after someone is injured or killed by this misfit shooting out of a moving vehicle!