Charges dismissed against 3rd man accused in January 2018 house-party robbery

Charges dismissed against 3rd man accused in January 2018 house-party robbery

URBANA — A Champaign County prosecutor Friday dismissed an armed-robbery charge filed against an Urbana man in connection with an alleged holdup at a house party a year ago in Urbana.

Further, Judge Heidi Ladd declined to consider any evidence about the holdup as she sentenced Quintin Brown, 27, for an unrelated incident of driving under revocation, ruling that there was not sufficiently reliable evidence to link Brown to the holdup.

Ladd sentenced Brown, who listed an address in the 1200 block of West Beslin Street, to 30 months in prison for the driving offense to which he pleaded guilty. He admitted driving on June 9, 2017, near Fifth and Stoughton streets in Champaign.

Because Brown has already served 15 months waiting to be tried for driving under revocation and armed robbery, he has effectively completed his sentence.

Assistant State's Attorney Bridget Schott had recommended an extended term of six years in prison for Brown, noting his prior convictions for resisting a peace officer, delivery of a controlled substance, aggravated driving under the influence, unlawful use of weapons and driving under revocation.

But Brown's attorney, Steve Sarm of Champaign, said the father of five sons had not been in trouble for about four years when he was arrested for the driving offense in 2017. He urged the judge to impose a sentence for time already served.

Brown told the judge he grew up in a single-parent household without a male role model and ran away at age 13. He said that during prior incarcerations he was able to get help for a drug problem, complete his GED and get certificates in other programs offered. After prison, he said he was able to take classes at Parkland College.

Brown was one of three Urbana men charged for allegedly robbing a man outside a house party in the 800 block of West Springfield Avenue in Urbana on Jan. 21, 2018.

Urbana police said five men were upset over being denied admission to the party, then turned their attention to other men who were outside also trying to get in and allegedly robbed them.

When members of a fraternity came around the corner of the house, one of the robbery victims yelled out that they were being robbed, then shots rang out.

Two females became unintended victims of gunfire as they ran. One was hit in the ankle and the other in the back. Neither was able to identify who fired.

Schott dismissed charges of armed robbery and aggravated battery with a firearm against co-defendants Wayne Colson, 23, and Darrion Brown, 24, as well, when the alleged robbery victim declined to cooperate when it came time for trial.

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