Prison time for man accused in Champaign County standoff where deputy was hurt

A man involved in a two-hour standoff last year, where a sheriff’s deputy was injured will spend three years in prison, officials said.

Christopher Blanton, 38, was sentenced Wednesday in Champaign County Common Pleas Court after he was found guilty on an amended charge of attempted felonious assault, court records show.

Officials were called to a residence near the 100 block of East Dallas Road for a complaint around 6 p.m. Apr. 22 and when deputies arrived, Blanton, unrelated to the complaint call, ran, prompting officials to chase after him.

A struggle with one of the deputies occurred after they caught up with Blanton. The deputy was hit in the forehead, reportedly with handcuffs, causing injury, officials said.

With the officer down, Blanton ran inside a house on East Dallas Road with handcuffs on, barricading himself.

Police were in a standoff outside the house for over two hours, using a bullhorn urging to get Blanton to come outside. He eventually was brought out of the residence in handcuffs.

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