Man gets three years for plea in shooting
URBANA — A Champaign man pleaded guilty on Friday to unlawful use of a weapon by a felon — the second person in two days convicted of being involved in the same July shooting on Carver Drive.
Jordan Brooks, 26, will head to prison for three years after he entered his guilty plea in the Champaign County courthouse on Friday. A second charge against him, alleging that he returned fire after being shot at by another man during that July incident, was dismissed.
Brooks was not hit by gunfire, nor was the other man involved in the exchange. Anton Clark, 23, was found guilty on Thursday of being an armed habitual criminal, but the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict on the charge alleging that he actually shot at Brooks.
According to a police report, Clark confronted Brooks in the 1200 block of North Carver Drive on July 28 and allegedly began shooting at him. Brooks reportedly retrieved a gun and returned fire. The two men then left.
Clark faces up to 30 years in prison after his jury trial earlier this week. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 15, and the unresolved shooting charge was also continued to that date.
No one was shot in the July 28 incident, but a girl was hit with glass from a shattered storm door.
Brooks has prior felony convictions for burglary and possession of a controlled substance.
The exchange of gunfire on July 28 was one of more than a dozen instances of gunplay that plagued Champaign's north end during June and July and prompted community leaders to beg for an end to the violence.