A Taylorville man was sentenced to a total of 6 years for possessing a firearm after being convicted of a prior feolony and for a theft incident. According to the Christian County State's Attorny, 24 year old Blake A. Knight of Taylorville was sentenced at Christian County Courthose in front of Judge Chris Matoush. Knight was sentenced to 5 years for the possession charge and one year for a theft incident in the city of Morrisonville.
Knight was found in the possession of a firearm after being observed driving an unlicensed mini bike on a city street after he fled from Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler. The theft incident occured in May of 2020 and Knight was ordered to pay restitution to three separate victims for this series of thefts.
Possession of a firearm by a felon is a class three felony that is non-probationable and has a sentencing range of 2-10 years in IDOC. All of these senteces are served at 50% and this is Knight's first sentence to the Department of Corrections.