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Decatur man awaits sentence on gun, drugs charges

Decatur man awaits sentence on gun, drugs charges


DECATUR — Leondous H. Coleman, caught running away with live bullets in his pocket from a shooting scene where a Decatur woman was wounded, is now awaiting sentencing on weapons and drugs charges.

Coleman, 24, appeared in Macon County Circuit Court Wednesday and pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a weapon and the unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

He had been scheduled for a bench trial that was to begin Thursday but changed his mind and took a plea deal negotiated by his defense attorney, Chris Amero. That deal with prosecutors saw charges of armed violence, a second weapons possession charge and a charge of possession of a controlled substance all dismissed.

Coleman is due to be sentenced Sept. 19 and faces 3-14 years for the weapons charge and 3-7 years for the drug offense.

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A sworn Decatur Police affidavit linked to the case said officers had been on patrol the night of May 18, 2018, when they heard gunfire close by the intersection of North Union Street and West Leafland Avenue. A minute later they had seen Coleman come running through an alley in the 1200 block of North Union and he was stopped.

“Leondous made statements that he was ‘dirty’ and had ‘shells’ in his pocket,” said police Officer Joe Oberheim. He said police found a box of 17 .22 caliber bullets and one spent shell casing in his pockets, along with 1.9 grams of cocaine.

Oberheim said while police were talking with Coleman, they got reports of a woman arriving at Decatur Memorial Hospital with a bullet wound to her left calf. And a police dog working the scene near where Coleman had been arrested found a .22 caliber revolver dumped on a grass boulevard.

The gunshot victim later told police she had been standing in a doorway in the 1200 block of North Union Street when she was hit; but she she was unable to identify who pulled the trigger.

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Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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