A judge has sentenced a convicted felon to three years in prison for illegally possessing a loaded gun after allegedly firing a shot in a residential area in Lake in the Hills.
Travious O. Brown-Utley, 25, of the 500 block of Lacy Avenue in Streamwood, was charged in April 2021 with three counts of felon in possession of a weapon, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, reckless discharge of a firearm and possession of a firearm without a valid FOID.
A criminal complaint filed in McHenry County court said Brown-Utley possessed a loaded 9mm handgun near Viewpoint Drive and Mesa Drive in Lake in the Hills on April 10, 2021.
Brown-Utley allegedly discharged the firearm in a reckless manner, causing the public to be in danger, the complaint said.
Officers also found Brown-Utley in possession of 13 9mm bullets for the gun.
Lake in the Hills Police Department spokeswoman Ashley Eccles said at the time that officers received 911 calls for shots fired in the 900 block of Mesa Drive around 3:43 a.m. that morning.
Officers arrived minutes later and located a vehicle matching the description provided by the 911 callers.
Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and took Brown-Utley into custody without incident.
They determined that the man was involved in two accidents where property — specifically trees and shrubs — was damaged, Eccles said.
No one was in the vehicle when the shot was fired and the vehicle was not moving when it occurred, Eccles said, adding that the shot was not directed at anyone or anything in particular.
Prosecutors say surveillance video captured Brown-Utley firing the gun.
He was arrested and transported to the McHenry County Jail where he was ordered held on a $75,000 bond.
In addition to his charges, he was also issued several traffic citations for the crash.
Court records show Brown-Utley entered into a negotiated plea deal with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office on Thursday.
He pleaded guilty to one count of felon in possession of a weapon, a Class 2 felony, in exchange for the rest of his charges being dismissed.
Prosecutors say the man was not permitted to possess a weapon because he had previously been convicted of residential burglary in DuPage County in 2016.
McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge sentenced the man to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.