URBANA — A man who police said had a loaded gun in a backpack at a Champaign park in August 2011 has been sentenced to spend the next two decades in prison.
On Thursday, Judge Harry Clem sentenced Keith Roberson, 27, who listed an address in the 1300 block of Williamsburg Drive, Champaign, to 20 years in prison following his conviction for armed habitual criminal.
Roberson will receive credit for 298 days he has already served in jail, according to Champaign County Assistant States Attorney Sarah Carlson.
Robertson pleaded guilty on April 23 to one charge of armed habitual criminal in connection with an incident at Centennial Park on Aug. 2, 2011.
According to a police report, an officer saw Roberson in Centennial Park near the corner of Country Fair Drive and John Street at about 7:50 p.m. that day.
Knowing that Roberson was wanted on a felony warrant, the officer tried to stop him. The report said Roberson ran, dropping a backpack along the way. Police caught him and found a loaded gun in the backpack.
Because of the loaded gun and two prior drug-related felony convictions, Roberson was charged with being an armed habitual criminal.
The warrant for which he was wanted also charged him with being an armed habitual criminal and aggravated discharge of a firearm for allegedly shooting a gun at a home in the 1100 block of Dorsey Drive in Champaign on April 29, 2011.
As part of a plea agreement, the charge for the earlier incident was dismissed.