DeKalb man gets 3 years for carrying brass knuckles

SYCAMORE – One of the four men found in a car with an AK-47 assault rifle in Sycamore this summer was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday as part of a plea agreement.

Sanchez Lumpkins, 30, of the 500 block of Kendall Lane in DeKalb, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a weapon for having brass knuckles. Lumpkins previously was convicted of dealing drugs and burglary, court records show.

As part of the negotiated agreement, prosecutors dropped a more serious charge alleging Lumpkins was in possession of the assault rifle, because another man in the car said the rifle was his, Assistant State’s Attorney Duke Harris said.

Sycamore police found Lumpkins and Darrin Matthews, 26, of the 2600 block of Pleasant Street in DeKalb, in the back seat of a vehicle about 1:30 a.m. Aug. 6, court records show. The unloaded rifle was sitting between them in plain view, but police also found 29 rounds of ammunition in the back seat, court records show.

A charge of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon is pending against Matthews; Jacob Sloniger, 20, of Soneridge Lane in Elgin, and ­Kevin Baines, 40, of the 100 block of Marquette Street in LaSalle.