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LaSalle County booking photo.

When he was arrested in Sandwich on Wednesday, police around the state of Illinois knew who they were chasing.

WSPY News has uncovered that Shamario Brown has been arrested numerous times and has been able to beat some charges. He has been in and out of jail or prison.

Many of the charges were for weapon use violations or fleeing and eluding police. He has been acquitted in three different shooting cases in the Champaign County area, according to media reports there. One involved the death of a woman. Another was for shooting an older cousin during a basketball game argument. 

LaSalle County Sheriff’s Deputies caught the 24-year old Brown on Route 34 at a Sandwich gas station Wednesday this week. He ran from the Wilshire Apartment Complex, forcing a soft lockdown of Sandwich School District 430 schools.  He was wanted on four counts of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, including fleeing and eluding. 

While living in Plano, he had contact with law enforcement.

Just this July, Brown was jailed in Kendall County on four counts: speeding 35 miles plus over the limit, no driver’s license, possession of cannabis between 30 to 100 grams, and peace officer obstruction, serving 60 days in jail.

Last September, he led Plano police on a foot chase through residential backyards near Jones and Louis Streets, wanted by DeKalb Police for three gun-related charges and obstructing or resisting a peace officer. 

Three months earlier Ottawa Police arrested Brown Route 23 south of Ottawa after crashing his car, charged for aggravated fleeing and two counts of possession of a weapon by a felon. 

Brown pleaded guilty to removing an electronic monitoring device while on parole from prison after being caught in Plano at his girlfriend’s home. He pled guilty and was sentenced to two years in prison in 2019. 

According to Champaign County media reports, Brown has been able to dodge additional incarceration time because of reluctant witnesses, the changing of witness testimony, the failure of prosecution to properly introduce evidence to connect him to the crime, and the credibility of witnesses.

After being found not guilty of murder by a Champaign County jury, a Chicago law firm represented Brown, who filed a Civil Rights lawsuit against the City of Champaign and the Champaign Police Department in 2019. WCIA-TV in Champaign reported that Brown claimed he was a victim of police officer misconduct, witness manipulation, fabricated evidence, suggestive identification procedures, and withholding evidence.