Urbana parolee gets eight years after gun found in dresser drawer

Urbana parolee gets eight years after gun found in dresser drawer

URBANA — An Urbana man was sentenced to eight years in prison last week for having a gun in his home when he was on parole.

Eighteen months earlier, Corrion Brown, 23, who listed an address in the 1000 block of Austin Drive, had also been sentenced to prison for having a gun in a car in Champaign.

Brown pleaded guilty Friday before Judge Heidi Ladd to unlawful use of weapons by a felon on parole. He admitted that on March 27, there was a 9 mm pistol in a dresser drawer in a room in the Austin Drive home where he was staying.

Assistant State's Attorney Tim Sullivan said a parole officer doing a compliance check on Brown found the gun and called Urbana police to assist him.

Brown admitted that he was living in that room but said he had no idea where the gun came from, Sullivan said.

Brown had been convicted in February 2017 of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and sentenced to three years in prison with a recommendation that he receive drug treatment — the same request he made of Ladd again on Friday.

Sullivan said Brown's first felony conviction was in 2016 for attempted residential burglary. Because of that conviction, he is not allowed to possess a firearm.

He had other misdemeanor convictions for resisting arrest and possession with intent to deliver cannabis, Sullivan said.

In exchange for Brown's guilty plea for having the gun, a second case in which he was charged with aggravated battery and mob action in April was dismissed.

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