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Ill. prosecutor tackles convict fleeing courtroom

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A prosecutor in central Illinois and one-time college football player tackled a convict who had bolted from a courtroom where he’d just been sentenced to two years in prison.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reports that 22-year-old Gyrune Linwood tried to flee after his sentencing for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. In July, Linwood fired an AK-47-style assault rifle in the air to scare people.

As he ran, Linwood made it past a bailiff and an officer after a tussle and ran down a hallway of the Peoria County Courthouse.

According to witnesses and the county sheriff’s department, prosecutor Seth Uphoff, who was a defensive back on Eureka College’s football team, chased him and tackled him from behind. An officer then arrived and subdued Linwood with a stun gun.

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