Terry Hunter

Terry Hunter of Aurora. (Kane County Jail booking photo)

An Aurora man was sentenced to 16 years' imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections for being in possession of a loaded handgun when he smashed his car into another car in the parking lot of a Batavia restaurant.

According to the Kane County State's Attoney's Office, 29-year-old Terry Hunter of Aurora agreed to the sentence on Thursday in exchange for a guilty plea to the offense of Class X felony Armed Violence.

An attorney stated in court that the evening of Feb. 20, 2018, Hunter was behind another car in the drive-up lane of a restaurant in the 1900 block of McKee St. in Batavia.

Hunter became upset at the length of his wait, drove around the restaurant and then cut in front of the car that had been in front of him.

When individuals in the car got out to confront him, Hunter sped away and smashed his car into a parked car in the lot.

At the time of the incident, he was in possession of a loaded handgun. Hunter threw the gun away as he fled from the scene; he did not have a Firearm Owners Identification card.

In accordance with Illinois law, Hunter is eligible for day-for-day sentencing. Hunter receives credit for 624 days served in the Kane County Jail, where he has been held since his arrest in lieu of $1 million bail.