Carbondale man sentenced to to prison on gun charges

Carbondale man sentenced to to prison on gun charges

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Jackson County State's Attorney  Michael C. Carr announced on Tuesday, Jan. 5 that a Carbondale man has been sentenced to the Illinois Department of Correction after entering into a plea agreement on Jan.  5.

On Oct. 20 at approximately 8:00 p.m., the Carbondale Police Department responded to 701 S. Poplar Street in Carbondale, regarding an individual brandishing a firearm.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with three people who claimed an individual they identified as "Jig" threatened to kill them with a shotgun. The individual had since left the scene, but officers found a Winchester 30/30 rifle next to the apartment complex.

The suspect, identified as Antone Rayford, 35, of Carbondale, was found approximately 300 yards from the scene and was identified by the witnesses.

Police discovered the defendant was previously convicted of a felony in 1998, 2011 and 2013, and under Illinois law, Rayford is not allowed to possess a firearm.

On Oct. 22, the Jackson County State's Attorney's Office charged the defendant with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, a Class 3 felony. Rayford was also charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, a Class 4 Felony, aggravated assault, a Class A misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.

On January 5, the defendant pleaded guilty to the first count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

The defendant was sentenced to two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with one year of mandatory supervised release.

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