CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - A Carbondale man has been sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections for unlawful use of a weapon by a felon after entering into a plea agreement on January 7, 2016.
On October 12, 2015, at approximately 8 p.m., officers from the Murphysboro Police Department were dispatched regarding an intoxicated driver.
At the intersection of Hanson and North 7th Street, the officers saw a black Chrysler PT Cruiser drive through a stop sign.
The officers stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Marcus Anders, age 31.
Under suspicion that Anders was intoxicated, the officers asked him to step out of the vehicle to perform standard field sobriety tests.
After repeated requests, Anders began to exit the vehicle.
As he was exiting the vehicle, he reached back into the vehicle to grab what appeared to be a handgun.
The officers were able to restrain the defendant before he could reach the gun and placed him in the back of a squad car.
Officers then found a loaded Kel-Tec 9mm handgun in the driver's floorboard.
He has a prior felony conviction for possession of crack cocaine out of St. Louis.
On October 12, 2015, the Jackson County State's Attorney's Office charged Anders with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.
Anders was also charged with driving under the influence and driving while license suspended.
On January 7, 2016, the defendant pleaded guilty to the first count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and was sentenced to two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with one year of mandatory supervised release.