- Associated Press - Sunday, February 1, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - A 19-year-old central Illinois man has been sentenced to four years in prison in connection with an armed standoff with police last year.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports (https://bit.ly/1BGAoba ) Bailey Pontius was sentenced Friday by McLean County Judge Scott Drazewski.

Pontius surrendered to police last March when they found him west of the city with a loaded handgun after his mother reported Pontius and the gun missing from their home. Pontius has a history of treatment for mental illness.

Assistant Public Defender Ron Lewis opposed the prosecution’s suggestion that Pontius be locked up even longer, saying the young man had been in jail more than 300 days and had “received his punishment.”

The judge said Pontius wasn’t being punished for his illness, but that the public’s safety was a concern.

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