California man sentenced to two years for gun charges in Carbondale

By Bill Lukitsch, @Bill_LukitschDE

A California man was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison for a gun charge related to a Carbondale burglary in February.

Bacaree Oaks, 36, of San Diego, pleaded guilty to a single count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. He will serve two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a mandatory one-year supervised release, the minimum punishment under Illinois statute. 

Carbondale police responded to reports of a burglary in progress on Feb. 27 in the 300 block of West Pecan Street, according to a news release. Officers followed a blue vehicle leaving the scene and saw what was later determined to be a handgun thrown out of the moving car.


A .38-caliber Taurus handgun was recovered by responding officers, according to the state’s attorney’s office.

Oaks was arrested following a traffic stop and incarcerated at the Jackson County Jail in Murphysboro. 

Bill Lukitsch can be reached at [email protected] or 618-536-3329.