Man faces up to 45 years for home invasion
URBANA — A Champaign man convicted of a home invasion during which he was shot faces up to 45 years in prison when sentenced next month.
A Champaign County jury on Thursday convicted Charles J. Brown, 36, whose last known address was in the 1300 block of North Champaign Street, of forcing his way into a home in north Champaign on Sept. 26 and threatening residents, including young children, with a gun.
Judge Harry Clem set sentencing for June 23. Brown faces a minimum of 21 years for the Class X felony.
Assistant State's Attorney Duke Harris said the case of co-defendant Mario Dorsey, 36, of Champaign, is scheduled for a status call Tuesday.
Harris said testimony in the trial revealed that the woman living there and her three children — a 15-year-old boy, a 7-year-old boy and a 1-year-old girl — were at their home in the 1100 block of West Eureka Street about 7 p.m. on Sept. 26 when they heard a knock on the door. The teen answered and two men wearing masks, one of whom had a gun, forced their way in, asking by name for the resident's boyfriend, who was not home.
The intruders herded the family members into a bedroom where they had them lie on the floor and covered them with blankets while pointing a gun at them.
Harris said in the meantime, the resident's boyfriend arrived home and from outside the house could hear the dog barking and his girlfriend's screaming and pleas for help. He then went to the garage, retrieved a pistol and went in the house.
Seeing the intruders with guns pointed at his girlfriend and her sons, he opened fire, hitting both of the men.
Harris said the 15-year-old was able to get out a window and run to a neighbor's house to call for help.
The intruders were gone by the time police arrived but police were notified not long after that two men complaining of gunshot wounds had shown up at Provena Covenant Medical Center for treatment.
They were identified as Brown and Dorsey.
Harris said Brown's DNA was found on a ski mask that police recovered from a bush in the yard next door to the victim's house. Additionally, Brown gave a statement to Detective Don Shepard in which he admitted being in the home but said that the man shot him over a dispute relating from an earlier dice game. That statement was played for the jury.
Harris said Brown was shot in the torso and Dorsey was shot in the leg.
Brown was hospitalized for about 11 days.
Harris said both Brown and Dorsey were on parole at the time of their arrests in October.