Man sentenced to probation in Urbana brawl
URBANA — A man who took part in a brawl in east Urbana more than a year ago that spurred several local residents to try to change their neighborhood has pleaded guilty.
Broderick White, 20, who listed addresses on North Wright Street in Urbana and Holly Hill Drive in Champaign, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery, admitting that on Nov. 15, 2011, he was part of what Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar called a "large confrontation between Chicago and local people" in the 1100 block of Austin Drive.
In that melee, Lozar said a woman came out of a house in that block to try to break up the fight and was hit in the head with a stick by White.
It took almost two dozen police officers to restore order between the feuding gangs. At the time, it was estimated that between 30 and 70 people were involved.
White was sentenced to two years of probation, fined $500 and ordered to have no contact with his victim.
Lozar said White had prior convictions for aggravated battery and robbery.
In the aftermath of that fight, several area residents have advocated for better street lighting and the demolition of problem properties in the neighborhood, and have started a community garden.