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Aurora man convicted as “habitual criminal” for having gun

(GENEVA) An Aurora man with a history of violent crimes and drug-related offenses was sentenced Thursday as an armed habitual criminal.

Antwon L. Dismuke, 39, faces between 6 and 30 years in prison for having a .44-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun that he obtained after it was used in a drive-by shooting in July 2009, according to a statement from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office.

Dismuke, most recently of the 1000 block of East New York Street in Aurora, had been convicted of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance in 2001, and aggravated discharge of a firearm in 1995, prosecutors said.

He served prison terms for both those crimes, which happened in Kane County, according to the statement.

Under state law, anyone possessing a firearm after being convicted of two or more drug-related or forcible felonies is deemed a habitual criminal.

Dismuke remains at the Kane County Jail, where he has been held since his arrest on $200,000 bond. His next court date is May 18.