Champaign man who allegedly had stolen gun at Legion facing charges


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URBANA — A 19-year-old Champaign man who allegedly had a stolen gun on him at a popular Champaign night spot Thursday has been criminally charged.

Judge John Kennedy set bond for Calem Hairston, who listed an address in the 1500 block of Holly Hill Drive, at $75,000 after hearing that Hairston allegedly had a loaded gun in his sweatshirt pocket at the American Legion, 704 N. Hickory St., C.

Assistant State's Attorney Peter Su said Champaign police were sent to the Legion about 9 p.m. when someone reported a man with a gun there. Hairston matched the description given by the tipster, Su said.

In his pocket was a loaded Glock handgun with 30 rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber. Hairston told police he did not know how it got there, Su said.

Police learned the gun had been stolen from Decatur, Ga.

Hairston was charged with possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful use of weapons without a firearm owner's identification card, aggravated unlawful use of weapons and unlawful possession of a handgun, all felony offenses.

Su said because of Hairston's previous convictions for possession of a firearm and aggravated battery, he is not eligible to get a FOID card or have a gun. If convicted of the most serious of the charges, he faces penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison.

Public Defender Janie Miller-Jones asked that a judge determine if there is probable cause for the charges to go forward. Kennedy told Hairston to be back in court June 13.


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