Man slain in Rogers Park was on parole in 2009 shooting of 9-year-old
James Brown in 2011 (Illinois Department of Corrections / April 7, 2012)
James Brown, 22, of the 3200 block of North Central Park Avenue, was fatally shot in the 6800 block of North Ashland Avenue about 2:05 p.m. on Thursday, authorities said.
Brown pleaded guilty Jan. 5, 2011, to aggravated battery in the shooting of the boy, who was walking with his family June 26, 2009, in the 6700 block of North Ashland when Brown rode up on a bicycle about 11 p.m., prosecutors said at the time.
Brown fired twice, shooting at the boy's two 15-year-old siblings, whom he missed, prosecutors said at the time.
He then pointed the gun at the younger boy and fired, striking him in the upper left thigh.
Brown was sentenced to 5 years in prison in the attack, and was released on parole on Oct. 28, 2011, less than a year after pleading guilty, according to court and prison records.
On Tuesday about 7:20 p.m., Brown had been arrested in the 6600 block of North Ashland Avenue on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge, according to police.
On Wednesday, Brown pleaded guilty in the case, and was released after being ordered to pay a $250 fine, according to court records.
On Thursday, Brown was shot about 2:05 p.m. in a drive-by shooting in the 6800 block of North Ashland Avenue, police said.
Brown was on the west side of Ashland, just north of Pratt Boulevard, when he was shot by someone inside what police said was an older, dark-colored vehicle.
Area North detectives were investigating, and no one was in custody in the slaying today.