Champaign man who tossed gun while running from police gets 4 years

Champaign man who tossed gun while running from police gets 4 years

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted he tossed away a handgun that he wasn't supposed to have while runing from police has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Darius J. Robinson, 24, who listed an address in the 200 block of East Clark Street, pleaded guilty Tuesday to unlawful use of weapons by a felon. In return, two other counts involving weapons offenses were dismissed.

He pleaded guilty before Judge Tom Difanis in connection with his arrest Feb. 19. Champaign police were investigating a call in the 1900 block of West Bradley and thought Robinson matched a suspect's description. As they approached, he ran, tossing a loaded gun as he took off. As a previously convicted felon, he is not allowed to possess a gun.

Assistant State's Attorney Chris McCallum said Robinson had prior convictions for unlawful use of weapons and aggravated battery as an adult and a juvenile adjudication for aggravated battery.

He was given credit on his sentence for 55 days served in the county jail.

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