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.