URBANA — An Ivesdale teen who admitted shooting his own mother in the chest was sentenced Thursday to five years of probation.
Tyler Crowl, 16, will have to live with a sister and a brother-in-law for the indefinite future, will attend the READY alternative school in Champaign, and will be supervised by an adult at all times.
Crowl pleaded guilty in August to aggravated battery with a firearm, admitting that on Dec. 18, 2010, he shot his then 42-year-old mother at their home after an argument. She was wounded in the chest and wrist.
Crowl used a gun that he had earlier taken from his father's safe and hid it in his bedroom.
The mother has recovered physically, according to State's Attorney Julia Rietz.
Judge Harry Clem, who has presided over Crowl's criminal case since its filing in December 2010, expressed concern that Crowl, because of "past family dynamics," may not have "some of the built-in inhibitors" that others do.
"I'm very impressed by the family's commitment to do the right thing," he said.
Crowl is getting support services through a plan drawn up by ACCESS Initiative, a tax-supported program that provides help for young people in the juvenile system who have emotional and behavioral issues.
Rietz said there were extensive conversations among Unit 7 and READY school officials about Crowl's continued education.
"When he went into detention, his academic level was low. He has gone from a fourth- and fifth-grade level in reading and math to a 10th and 11th-grade level in (less than) two years' time," she said. "I am cautiously optimistic because of the extensive support system that has been put in place."
Crowl was represented by Champaign attorney Jim Martinkus.