A Carpentersville man will go to prison for shooting a man he mistakenly believed was a member of a rival street gang.
Bryson T. Crenshaw, 24, of the 100 block of Meadowdale Court, Carpentersville, agreed to a sentence of 18 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections in exchange for a guilty plea to armed violence, a Class X felony.
Circuit Judge Karen Simpson accepted the plea.
At about 10:30 a.m. Oct. 13, 2011, Crenshaw, armed with a handgun and seeking revenge for a previous gang fight, went to the vicinity of Berkshire Circle in Carpentersville. There he saw the victim, whom he incorrectly identified as a rival gang member. Crenshaw fired two shots, striking the victim in the upper body. Crenshaw then fled.
The victim suffered serious injuries and several hardships as a result of the shooting.
In addition, Crenshaw must pay $6,000 in restitution to help cover the victim’s medical expenses.
According to Illinois law, Crenshaw is eligible for day for day sentencing. He was given credit for at least 1,053 days served in the Kane County jail.
The case was prosecuted by Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Mark D. Stajdohar and Alex Bederka.
SOURCE: Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office