Felon shotgun wielder pleads guilty

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Carbondale Times

A Carbondale man who threatened to kill three people with a shotgun last October on South Poplar Street was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison.

Antone Rayford, 35, pleaded guilty Jan. 5 in Jackson County court to a charge of unlawful use of a weapon and now will complete a term in the Illinois Department of Corrections. State’s Attorney Michael Carr says Rayford previously was convicted of felonies in 1998, 2011 and 2013 and in turn is not allowed to possess a firearm.

Carbondale Police responded Oct. 20 to 701 S. Poplar St. regarding a report of an individual with a firearm. There, they spoke with three people who claimed an individual identified as “Jig” threatened to kill them with a shotgun. The individual already had left the scene when police arrived, but the officers located a Winchester 30/30 rifle next to the apartment complex.

The individual, later identified as Rayford, was located approximately 300 yards from the scene and identified by the witnesses.

As part of Rayford’s plea deal this week, additional charges of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct were dismissed.