Champaign man gets six months for driving with revoked license

Champaign man gets six months for driving with revoked license

URBANA — A Champaign man who pleaded guilty to driving under revocation in Champaign last spring was sentenced Friday to six months in the county jail.

Judge Adam Dill sentenced Justin R. Brown, 42, who listed an address in the 500 block of West Beardsley Avenue, in connection with his arrest May 11 in Champaign. He allowed Brown to turn himself in to begin the sentence on Jan. 22.

A felony count of unlawful use of weapon by a felon was dismissed in return for Brown's plea.

Brown was the driver of a car that police believed matched the description of one involved in a shots-fired call in Urbana.

A Champaign police officer tried to stop the car on Neil Street near Bradley Avenue, but the car, which initially slowed, kept heading north and didn't stop until turning onto the entrance ramp for Interstate 74 off Neil.

The police officer who stopped the car saw open alcohol in the back, and her canine partner found a loaded 9 mm gun in the grass not far from the vehicle.

Assistant State's Attorney Matt Banach said DNA analysis done on the gun revealed that at least four people had touched it. The samples were not suitable to compare to Brown, or his co-defendant, Roger Brown, 28, of Urbana.

Roger Brown was sentenced last week to a year in prison for possession with intent to deliver cannabis after police found cannabis in his underwear on May 11.

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