Urbana man gets probation for having gun in car

Urbana man gets probation for having gun in car

URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted he had a loaded gun in a car last year has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Marquise Brown, 23, who listed an address in the 1900 block of East Washington Street, pleaded guilty in July before Judge Roger Webber to aggravated unlawful use of weapons for having a gun in a car on Dec. 16, 2017, at a time when he did not have a concealed-carry license.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Larson said at the time of the plea that Brown was the driver of a car that Urbana police stopped on Lincoln Avenue about 11 p.m. Dec. 16 for a traffic violation. Police could smell cannabis and asked the occupants if there was any contraband in the vehicle.

Brown admitted that was something under the seat, and police found a 9 mm gun, Larson said.

On Wednesday, Webber also sentenced Brown to 90 days in jail but agreed not to make him serve that unless he fails to live up to the other terms of his probation. Webber set another hearing on that question for Dec. 10.

Brown was also ordered to perform 100 hours of public service.

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