Prosecutors gave a Pekin man a chance last week to avoid prison for his role in apparently letting high-powered firearms fall into the hands of Peoria drug dealers.
Brett Lyon, 42, was back behind bars within three days, with years of incarceration possibly awaiting him.
He was sentenced last Tuesday to four years of probation for aggravated possession of stolen firearms that an acquaintance, with his help, stole from Lyons’ father’s home, along with his late mother’s jewelry and a TV set.
A petition to revoke that probation, which required him to accept substance abuse treatment, was filed with his arrest Friday. Details of Lyon’s alleged probation violation were not available Monday.
Police did not recover the AR 15 rifle, another rifle, a handgun, about 400 rounds of ammunition and a compound bow after they were stolen Sept. 10 from the home in the 300 block of North Parkway Drive, where Lyon also lived.
Steve McMahill, 40, of Peoria, was sentenced to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty last November to felony theft, reduced from residential burglary, in the case. Another man and a woman who police said also took part in the crime have not yet been charged.
Lyon met the three at a grocery store, where they discussed how they could raise money to buy cocaine, a prosecutor’s court affidavit stated. Lyon led them to his father’s house, entered through a window and let McMahill and the other man in.
He showed them the weapons and jewelry and told them they could take the latter, the affidavit stated. Lyon later told police he didn’t know they also stole the weapons and TV until later, but also said the group went to Peoria after the burglary to buy drugs, the affidavit stated.
If his probation is revoked he faces between four and 15 years in prison on the stolen firearms charge. He remains held on $40,000 bond pending a court hearing Friday.
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