URBANA — An Urbana man with a criminal past who admitted he possessed a gun has been sentenced to eight years in the Illinois penitentiary.
In return for Quintin Brown's guilty plea to that charge, other charges alleging that he tried to kill his own father with that gun were dismissed.
Brown, 22, whose last known address was in the 1200 block of West Beslin Street, received credit on his sentence for eight months already served.
He pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Heidi Ladd to unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, admitting that he had a gun on Feb. 3.
He had also been charged with attempted murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm for shooting in the direction of his father, Mark Brown, 41, of Rantoul, that day.
Champaign police said that Mark Brown was in a car in the 2000 block of Cynthia Drive that day when Quintin Brown reportedly called him, asking where he was, and allegedly threatening him. Mark Brown was not hit by gunfire.
A filing by Quintin Brown's attorney said that information that Mark Brown had beaten his son prior to the alleged shooting would have been presented had the case gone to trial.
The elder Brown is currently in the custody of federal authorities. He was arrested in February and in July pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin in Champaign County between September 2011 and February 2013. Mark Brown is waiting to be sentenced and is due back in federal court on Jan. 8.
In exchange for Quintin Brown's guilty plea, two other drug-related cases against him were dismissed. His probation for an aggravated driving under the influence conviction was also unsuccessfully terminated.