URBANA — A Champaign man with a lengthy criminal history has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for shoving a police officer to the ground.
Because of prior convictions, Antwan Brown, 29, of the 1300 block of Comanche Drive, had to be sentenced as a Class X felon for aggravated battery to a police officer, a Class 2 felony.
A Champaign County jury convicted Brown in late February of shoving Urbana Officer Cory Koker to the ground on Nov. 19 as Koker tried to arrest Brown on a warrant in the 800 block of West Florida Avenue. Koker was not seriously injured.
At the time of his arrest, Brown was on parole for aggravated battery, according to Assistant State's Attorney Scott Larson.
Court records show Brown also had other convictions for burglary, possession of a controlled substance and attempted residential burglary.
Larson asked Judge Harry Clem to sentence Brown to 18 years in prison while Assistant Public Defender Jim Kuehl sought a sentence of 10 years.