Champaign man gets 10 years for role in early-February shooting

Champaign man gets 10 years for role in early-February shooting

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted his role in a north Champaign shooting that happened earlier this year has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Khalid Purnell, 18, who listed an address in the 2400 block of Lawndale Drive, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Tom Difanis to aggravated battery with a firearm, admitting that he took part in a shooting Feb. 3 near the intersection of West Beardsley Avenue and North James Street.

Assistant State's Attorney Chris McCallum said an 18-year-old Champaign man was shot in the leg and stomach during a robbery attempt.

Prosecutors said Purnell was with two other young men — one of whom has already been sentenced — that night when they set up a drug deal, intending to rob the victim of drugs.

When the man said he didn't have the drugs on him, Purnell and co-defendant Anthony Parks, 17, of the 1200 block of West Bradley Avenue, Champaign, allegedly pulled guns, stole the driver's cellphone and searched the victim.

Purnell then shot the victim in the leg while Parks allegedly shot him in the torso. Parks is also charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and is due back in court June 11.

Another teen with them, Monee Briggs, 15, of Urbana, was sentenced earlier this month as both a juvenile and an adult for unlawful possession of a weapon and aggravated discharge of a firearm after being linked to the Feb. 3 shooting and robbery and other crimes. If Briggs fails at his juvenile sentence, he will have to serve his 15-year sentence in adult prison.

Purnell will also have to serve 85 percent of his 10-year sentence.

McCallum said Purnell had a prior adjudication as a juvenile for attempted armed robbery.

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