Bridge shooting victims rap sheet 64 pages long
(Above) Police tape and a Chicago Police vehicle block the southbound lanes of State Street following a shooting on August 8.
2-Sep-11 The 29-year-old Marina City employee who was shot and injured on the State Street Bridge last month has a criminal history that the Circuit Court of Cook County needs 64 pages to describe.
Todd L. Brown was charged with 16 crimes between 1997, when he was about 15 years old, and February of this year. One of the charges, in 2006, was for gang loitering, a crime in Chicago in which a group of people that includes at least one known gang member does not disburse when told to do so by a police officer.
Five of the charges were for possession of various amounts of marijuana and one was an alcohol-related charge.
His most serious crime happened in April 2008. Brown was charged with five counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer, one count of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, and one count of possessing a controlled substance. He pleaded guilty on September 5, 2008, was sentenced to three years and six months in prison, less his time in custody, and fined $615.
Brown got lucky the first time he was arrested. On November 27, 1997, he was charged with making and delivering no more than 15 grams of cocaine but the charge was dismissed on December 19, with the court finding there was no probable cause.
The next month, on January 23, 1998, he was back in a Cook County courtroom, charged with attempted delivery of a controlled substance. He was in custody on February 13, 1998, unable to come up with ten percent of his $10,000 bail. Brown was still in custody on August 26 when he pleaded guilty. Although given probation and credit for time served, Brown was back in custody on February 26, 1999, charged with violating terms of his probation. On September 24, the court determined that his probation period was over but under less than satisfactory circumstances.
On February 26, 1999, Brown, listed in court records under the alias Jermaine Anderson, was in custody on a narcotics-related charge. He pleaded guilty on September 24, 1999 and was sentenced to four years in an Illinois prison, less time served.
Out of prison on January 29, 2001, the 18-year-old avoided conviction on a disorderly conduct charge. But less than four months later, Brown was back, charged with making and delivering cocaine and marijuana. He was taken into custody and pleaded not guilty on May 25, 2001. With the help of a public defender, he again avoided conviction.
In 2005, he was charged with criminal trespass to land, criminal trespass to a vehicle, driving on a revoked license, and running a stop sign. Some of the charges were dismissed but more than once, he apparently missed a court appearance and his bail bond was forfeited.
Bail was set at $100,000 on August 9, 2006, when Brown, again using the alias Jermaine Anderson, was arraigned on five felony weapons charges. He pleaded guilty on January 9, 2007 and was sentenced to 40 months in an Illinois prison, less time served, and fined $550.
In 2010, he was caught three times with marijuana, including one time with 10-30 grams, to which he pleaded guilty and was fined $650. On August 18, he was again charged with criminal trespass to land.
Browns most recent brush with the law was on February 15, 2011, when he pleaded guilty to possession of a small amount of marijuana.
No arrest yet in August shooting
At 5 p.m. on August 8, Brown, who had been a dishwasher at Smith & Wollensky for about five weeks, was walking north on the State Street Bridge when he was shot and seriously injured by a tall black male who was wearing a blue short-sleeve shirt and dark pants. The suspect described by witnesses as about 25 years old, six feet two inches tall, 170 pounds, with black hair then went to the south end of the bridge, turned left, and ran east on Wacker Drive.
Brown, described in the police report as a black male, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious condition. Although he was shot in the head, the bullet lodged in skin and did not pass into his skull.
Police believe Brown, who was shot once before, was specifically targeted.
As of Thursday, no one was in custody and according to Amina Greer of the Chicago Police Departments news affairs department, it is still an ongoing investigation.
By Steven Dahlman | Loop North News | Published 2-Sep-11 3:09 AM