CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — A man arrested last year for carrying a loaded gun and a hammer during rioting in Chicago’s Loop business district has been sentenced to a year in federal prison.
Prosecutors said they had no evidence 29-year-old Brandon Pegues caused any damage during the rioting, but as a convicted felon he’s not allowed to possess a gun.READ MORE: A Closed CPS Charter School Leaves Student Without Transcript He Needs For College
Pegues was being chased by police on May 31, 2020 when he fell, causing a gun to fall from his clothing.READ MORE: City Leaders Hope New Campaign Will Boost Vaccination Rate, But Health Professionals Say It Will Take Time
He pleaded guilty in March to illegal possession of a firearm.
Before sentencing by U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall, Pegues said he took “full responsibility” for his actions. Kendall pointed to the domestic abuse allegations against Pegues that surfaced earlier this year.MORE NEWS: Mayor Lori Lightfoot Sets Goal To Get 77% Of Eligible Chicagoans Vaccinated By End Of The Year
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