Split verdict for Sinclair

By Gary Brode | gbrode@wcia.com

Published 11/25 2013 06:05PM

Updated 04/30 2015 11:58AM

Latest: 6:03 pm, 4/29/15, Wednesday
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- The verdict is in for a former member of the Illini Football staff. Matt Sinclair was found guilty on one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He was acquitted on another count of the same charge as well as misdemeanor possession of brass knuckles.

In 2013, Sinclair pointed an unloaded gun at a friend as a joke while they were driving down I-74. A witness saw it and called police. Sinclair faces sentencing from probation to three years.
Update: 5:03 pm, 3/24/14, Monday
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- A former UI football player and coach was in court Monday. Matt Sinclair was arrested in November after motorists say he pointed a gun at another car.

Sinclair's attorney says arguments for each side were heard, but the judge could take a couple months to make a decision. The defense argues, since gun laws in Illinois were considered unconstitutional, Sinclair's gun charges should be dropped.

Sinclair resigned from his position on the UI staff shortly after his arrest.
Original: 6:05 pm, 11/25/13, Monday
URBANA -- A former UI football player was in court Monday. Matt Sinclair was arrested over the weekend. Police say he pointed a gun out a truck window at another car on I-74. He faces three different felony charges. Sinclair works for the UI athletic department.

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