Edward Brown Gets A Year In Prison For Test-Firing Gun; Chain Of Events Ended With 2 Officers' Deaths

A man has been sentenced to one year in prison after test-firing a gun he found – setting off a chain of events that left two Chicago Police officers dead. CBS 2's Meredith Barack reports.

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- New tonight, a man has been sentenced to one year in prison after test firing a gun he found, setting off a chain of events that left two Chicago police officers dead. CBS2's Meredith Barack explains why he isn't facing more time behind bars.

MEREDITH BARACK: Edward Brown was sentenced to a year behind bars Wednesday. Court records show he pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. The sentencing comes more than two years after officers Conrad Gary and Eduardo Marmalejo responded to a ShotSpotter alert near 101st and Dauphin.

The two were struck and killed instantly by a South Shore Line train while pursuing Brown, who admitted he'd been firing shots near the railroad tracks. Police say body camera footage showed the officers were distracted by an oncoming train and never saw the train behind them. Brown's attorney anticipated the initial charges that also included reckless discharge of a firearm.

Sentences typically vary depending on criminal history and this was Brown's first arrest. CBS2 legal analyst Irv Miller explains why he isn't responsible for the officers' deaths.

IRV MILLER: He is responsible for being in possession of a handgun and not legally possessing that handgun. And unfortunately, what occurred in this case, is the ultimate [INAUDIBLE] these were two police officers lost their lives. But that wasn't foreseeable for him. You know, that the officers got struck by the train.

MEREDITH BARACK: Miller says this is a typical sentence for a first-time offender and what 99% of other defendants in his position would get. Brown has been out on bond and will get credit for 30 days served. Reporting live from our street-side studio, I'm Meredith Barack, CBS2 News.

- Thank you, Meredith.