Danville man convicted in Champaign shooting death

URBANA — A Danville man has been convicted of murder for his role in the shooting death of a Champaign woman hit by a bullet apparently intended for someone else more than a year ago.

Treshaun Jake, 20, faces 35 to 75 years in prison when he's sentenced Dec. 12 by Judge Tom Difanis.

A Champaign County jury on Thursday found that Jake possessed a firearm on the night that Desirae Austin, 20, was fatally shot as she stood in the intersection of Cruising Lane and Thornton Drive on July 4, 2012. Mrs. Austin died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Testimony at the four-day trial was that the shot that killed her came from the same handgun that had been fired repeatedly in that neighborhood that night and was found in the waistband of Jake's co-defendant, Anthony Meads, 21, of Champaign.

Meads was convicted by a jury in May of Mrs. Austin's murder and is now serving a 50-year sentence.

Prosecutors believed that Jake was the one who fired the shot from the handgun; witnesses said Meads had a shotgun.

Witnesses said Jake was removing his shirt to fight with brothers Johnnie and Rajon Campbell when shots were fired in the direction of the Campbells. The brothers testified they took cover behind a sport utility vehicle on Cruising Lane that police later found had several holes in it. Neither of them was hit by gunfire.

Shortly after finding Mrs. Austin dead in the intersection, police found Jake and Meads in a driveway in the 1600 block of Cruising Lane. Police also found several spent shell casings there.

Jake denied having been present when the shots were fired. There was no forensic evidence that tied him to the weapons, his attorney argued.

Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark prosecuted Meads and Jake.

Jake was represented by Urbana attorney Harvey Welch, who was helped by another Urbana attorney, Alfred Ivy.

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95 wrote on October 31, 2013 at 11:10 pm

NICE work... launch him

areader wrote on November 01, 2013 at 10:11 am

I agree with 95.  This scumbag should rot in jail!!!

Local Yocal wrote on November 01, 2013 at 11:11 am
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A Champaign County jury... found that Jake possessed a firearm on the night...+.....the shot that killed her came from the same handgun that had been fired repeatedly in that neighborhood and was found in the waistband of Jake's co-defendant, Anthony Meads, 21, of Champaign....+....Meads was convicted by a jury in May of Mrs. Austin's murder and is now serving a 50-year sentence....+....There was no forensic evidence that tied him [Treshaun Jake] to the weapons....=....GOOD WORK? There may have been many details in a four day trial, but this article doesn't add up to good work. The scraps of facts Mary Schenk collaged together doesn't even make a guilty verdict possible.

 

Local Yocal wrote on November 05, 2013 at 4:11 am
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One shot, one bullet, one gun kills Mrs. Austin. Two kids are convicted for her murder. Huh? What, did both of them have their fingers on the trigger? No confession, both defendants refuse plea deals and take their cases all the way to a jury trial. We might feel good that somebody went to jail, but it's doubtful the truth was ever discovered in this case. 50 years X $23,000 = $650,000 you pay to jail the Mead kid. Who cares, right? As long as some little gangbangers are off the street...

Sid Saltfork wrote on November 05, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Sadly, you are right.  No one cares.  The prisons are full.  The guards are few, and have to work until age 67 in order to collect on whatever pension is left for them.  Due to budget cuts, the inmates get two meals a day.  The parolees which are many due to the overcrowding do qualify for Medicaid.  There are not many jobs for them when they get out on parole.  Most of the public think that they are either guilty of the crime; or some other crimes that they evaded.   Your right; no one cares.