Man sent to prison over gun incident

Man sent to prison over gun incident

URBANA — A man who was shot by Champaign police officers after he raised a gun at them has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Anthony Shawn Brown, 25, who listed an address in the 1000 block of Rainbow View Drive, Urbana, pleaded guilty on Monday to a felony charge of armed habitual criminal.

As part of a plea agreement, a count of home invasion armed with a firearm was dismissed.

Judge Tom Difanis sentenced Brown to 18 years in prison, with credit for 231 days already served. Under the state's truth-in-sentencing law, Brown must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence, according to Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber.

According to a police report, police were called to the 1200 block of Crispus Drive in Champaign at 4:44 a.m. Sept. 9, 2012, after someone called 911 to report that Brown was there displaying a gun and threatening the people present — his girlfriend's three children and a toddler.

According to the report, when Brown first came into the house, he was walking around with a gun saying, "Where's your mother? I'm going to kill her."

Brown was then shot four times by Champaign police Officers Jon Lieb and Christopher Oberheim after he raised a gun and threatened them.

Weber said eight rounds were fired, with three hitting Brown and one grazing him.

Brown's gun had seven spent casings in it, but Weber said there was no evidence that Brown had fired it in the house.

Brown was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where he was treated until Oct. 12, when he was taken directly to the county jail.

An internal review board investigated the incident. Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb on Sunday said no discipline was imposed to the two police officers.

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