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Armed Home Invader Killed by Homeowner in Urbana, Public Defender Calls It ‘Heartbreaking’

May 5, 2020

Home invaders certainly aren’t practicing social distancing or complying with stay-at-home orders. And once more in Illinois, another violent home invasion happened in recent days. In Urbana, three teens picked a Marine Corps veteran’s apartment to break into. One of them was armed with a rifle and another with pepper spray.

They chose… quite poorly.

In this case, the 25-year-old Marine disarmed the 15-year-old rifle-wielding intruder and crushed his windpipe. The other two, a 16-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy, fled like the two-bit coward bullies they are.

Police apprehended the two and the would-be “rifleman” died in the hospital a couple of days later.

After the wayward yoot’s death, nearly two dozen family members and friends of the deceased rallied in front of the home invasion victim’s apartment. And in this time of a statewide lockdown, the victim and his family were almost certainly at home.

Image via News-Gazette.

The “mourners” ignored the governor’s social distancing rules, and the requirement that all persons wear masks if they can’t stay six feet apart in public.

More ominously, one can’t help but think their gathering was intended to intimidate the victim with possible reprisals.  Even if no males – including the intruder’s father – were present.


The News-Gazette newspaper covered the story, and quotes a local assistant public defender who called the attacker’s death “heartbreaking.”

Given a choice between the death of a Marine Corps veteran or an up-and-coming career criminal, I think the News-Gazette misspelled “heartwarming.”

Case takes ‘heartbreaking’ turn

URBANA — Some 58 hours after making the fateful decision to break into an Urbana man’s home while armed, a Champaign teen died.

Davontae Brown, 15, died in the critical care unit of Carle Hospital in Urbana at 5:30 a.m. Friday, just days shy of his 16th birthday.

He never regained consciousness after passing out while in a chokehold applied by a man defending himself and his home Tuesday night. …

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said the official cause of Davontae’s death may not be known for weeks until further lab tests are completed…

One of Brown’s accomplices inadvertently helped the homeowner defend himself.

Davontae’s 16-year-old female cousin, police learned, had knocked on the man’s door and as a ruse to gain admission, asked if she could use his phone. He said no and began to close the door when Davontae, holding a rifle, made his unwelcome entry.

Another of his cousins, a 13-year-old boy, had also approached the house.

Urbana police Lt. Dave Smysor said he’s not certain if that youth actually made it all the way into the house.

When the 16-year-old girl sprayed pepper spray, it hit both the resident and Davontae but created enough of a distraction for the 25-year-old man, who had served in the Marines, to disarm Davontae and apply a chokehold until he quit struggling.

Later in the story, local criminal-friendly State’s Attorney Julia Rietz “said the justice system had tried repeatedly to get help for the now-deceased boy,” a kid who’d been involved with the city’s juvenile criminal Youth Assessment Center 13 times since he was nine years old.

13 times.

Can you say ineffective, soft-on-crime program?

Law enforcement sources told me that Brown was a frequent flier at the local juvy jail, with a long history of arrests for both property and violent offenses.  And inside, despite his young age, he did not have a reputation as a “model” inmate.  Furthermore, in Champaign County, Illinois, the juvenile detention center only detains the worst of the worst juvenile offenders under SA Julia Reitz.

And as the cherry on top, Reitz isn’t charging the other two would-be home invaders with felony murder.

She did, however, go out of her way last year to prosecute a Marine veteran who shot a woman who threatened to kill him and advanced on him with a knife. Thankfully, a jury saw it as self-defense and acquitted the Marine.

As for 15-year-old Davontae Brown . . .

Assistant Public Defender Ramona Sullivan, who has previously represented Davontae, was clearly shaken by the news of what happened this week.

“I represent a lot of young kids. I can’t comment about any of them individually but I can say that they are often funny and sweet, frustrating and impulsive. And when they make the kind of mistake that can never be corrected, it is heartbreaking,” she said.

Once again, the public defender misspelled “heartwarming.”

We’re glad the Marine remains alive and well.  At least physically.  We wish him and his family the best in this difficult time.  Hopefully he can find a new place to live soon.  And hopefully he will face no criminal or civil court actions for defending his home from a bonafide scumbag.

7 Responses to Armed Home Invader Killed by Homeowner in Urbana, Public Defender Calls It ‘Heartbreaking’

  1. Rick O’Chet on May 5, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Definitely a heartwarming story. Thank god the Marine was able to defend himself against 3 thugs. God bless you Sir and thank you for your service.

  2. KK on May 5, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    Cry me a river. I’ll bet he was “funny and sweet” while pointing the rifle at the homeowner.
    Have to laugh every time I read about the local meetings where they are trying to figure out what to do about all the shootings in the area. Wonder if they ever mention the local SA and her lame enforcement. It’s kind of hard to shoot someone while in jail, not? Does that concept escape these people?
    As a side note, looks like most or all of the ladies(?) in the picture have been at the doughnut trough one too many times. I pity those car seats.

  3. m. on May 5, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    dick-s**kers leave people alone, they might make it into adulthood

    try harvesting a job next time

  4. Frank in Pilsen on May 5, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    A man is at home, in his apartment, bothering no one.

    Some punk with an extensive history of antisocial behavior, takes a rifle (how did a ‘child’ get the gun? Who is in trouble for that?)and enacts a poorly thought out ruse to rob this man and ends up dead for his trouble.

    The family is all upset that this happened, and stands outside the victims home. For what?

    This victim didn’t know that kid from Adam. Why is anyone upset that this wanna be burglar was destined to meet a bad end sooner or later?
    We must we carry on this lying narrative that somehow the system failed him?
    No, the system does what it does. The choices one makes are up to each of us.

  5. Herman Hears on May 5, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    Yeah, you brought a tear to my eye with the slow, agonizing death of a worthless human being. Turd jokes can be funny too. Ooops, maybe I was laughing so hard I started to cry.

  6. Bill on May 6, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    The only “heartbreaking” thing is that the other 2 criminals aren’t going in the ground too.

  7. Bil Bickford on May 7, 2020 at 3:53 am

    If we could just openly kill every last worthless nigger, this world might shape up.

    Rest in piss, nigger.