Urbana man gets 10 years on weapons charge in June 2017 shooting

Urbana man gets 10 years on weapons charge in June 2017 shooting

URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted he had a gun last year at a time when he was not allowed to was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Judge Roger Webber on Wednesday granted a request by Jeffery Williams, 38, who last lived in the 1300 block of North Romine Street, to remain free until Sept. 24, when he is to turn himself in to serve his sentence.

He pleaded guilty to being an armed habitual criminal.

Williams was arrested July 1, 2017, in connection with a shooting that happened in the 400 block of East Eureka Street, Champaign.

Champaign police reports said a man reported that a shot had been fired in his direction by a large man in a white T-shirt. Police found Williams sweaty and breathing heavily nearby. They also found a gun where he had been walking. The man that was shot at identified Williams as the person who fired at him.

Because of prior convictions for unlawful use of weapons, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and domestic battery, Williams was charged with being an armed habitual criminal, a Class X offense.

Another charge of aggravated discharge of a firearm was dismissed in return for Williams' plea.

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