LIMA — A Lima man who prosecutors say fired menacing shots from a firearm on two separate occasions — once striking a man with whom he had an ongoing dispute — was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison.
JC Brown III, 22, was indicted in July by an Allen County grand jury on charges of felonious assault with a firearm, a second-degree felony; improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation, a felony of the second degree; and the discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises, a third-degree felony. Two of the charges included firearm specifications.
In August, Brown accepted an agreement from prosecutors that dismissed the charge of discharging a firearm into a habitation and amended a three-year firearm specification to a one-year specification on the discharge of a weapon near prohibited premises.
Brown was sentenced Monday by Judge Jeffrey Reed to two years in prison on the felonious assault charge, which included an additional, mandatory three-year sentence for the use of a firearm. Reed handed down a 24-month sentence for discharging a weapon across a roadway, which also included a mandatory one-year prison term for the firearm specification, for a total of eight years.
The charges stem from a pair of June incidents during which Brown discharged his weapon in a reckless manner. Brown’s attorney, Joe Benavidez, said a history of substance abuse “clouded (Brown’s) judgment and led him to commit those acts.” Brown apologized to the victim and his family and said he accepted “full responsibility for my actions.”
According to court documents, police received a call on the afternoon of June 8 in reference to a shooting at the Superior Court Apartment Complex near the 600 block of North West Street in Lima. Officers found Ledre Collins, who had been shot once in the abdomen. Collins identified the man who shot him as Brown — who reportedly is also known as JC Secession.
Collins told police his attacker was upset over a robbery that had taken place a few days earlier. According to court documents, Brown sent a text message to Collins indicating he (Brown) intended to kill him. Some four hours later, Collins was walking his dog when Brown fired three shots in his direction. Collins was struck once in the abdomen and was taken to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center for treatment. A bullet was removed from his body, court documents show.
Several witnesses at the apartment complex identified Brown from a photo line-up as the man who shot Collins.