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updated: 9/4/2014 5:25 PM

18-year sentence for 2011 shooting in Carpentersville

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  • Bryson T. Crenshaw

    Bryson T. Crenshaw


A Carpentersville man was sentenced to 18 years in prison Thursday for shooting a man in 2011 who he mistakenly thought was a gang member, according to Kane County prosecutors.

Bryson T. Crenshaw, 24, of the 100 block of Meadowdale Court, was originally charged with attempted murder and faced up to 45 years in prison if prosecutors proved he fired the gun.

Crenshaw was set for a bench trial before Judge Karen Simpson Thursday, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of armed violence.

According to prosecutors, Crenshaw armed himself with a handgun and went to the area of Berkshire Circle at about 10:30 a.m. Oct. 13, 2011, to exact revenge for a previous gang fight.

Crenshaw saw the victim, who he wrongly thought was in a gang, and shot him twice in the stomach area, according to prosecutors and court records.

Crenshaw must pay the victim, who will be 22 this month, $6,000 for medical expenses, prosecutors said.

Crenshaw could be out of prison in about six years.

Under state law, he can have his sentence cut in half for good behavior and he also gets credit for about 35 months spent at the Kane County jail while the case was pending.

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