Chicago man gets 65 years for killing father of five in road rage encounter

Sheldon Brown, 34, allegedly was out on bond for a weapons offense and had a murder charge pending as well

A Chicago man was handed down a 65-year prison sentence last week for the shooting death of a father of five during a road rage encounter while he was out on bond for another offense and reportedly has a murder charge pending. 

Sheldon Brown, 34, previously pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for the fatal attack on Dwayne Young that occurred after a minor traffic collision in Waukegan, an hour north of Chicago.

Both men were in separate vehicles on Oct. 9, 2020 when they were involved in a minor collision, Fox Chicago reported. Brown got out of his vehicle with a handgun and fired several times into Young's car, authorities said. 

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Sheldon Brown, 34, allegedly killed a father of five during a road rage incident, authorities said. 

Sheldon Brown, 34, allegedly killed a father of five during a road rage incident, authorities said.  (Lake County Sheriff's Office)

Young was hit once and later died at a hospital.

"This devastating incident left five young people without the love and guidance of a father, a wife without a partner, and a community without a beloved friend.  This case is just another example of how easy access to weapons can turn everyday incidents like fender benders into a fight for life and death," Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said. 

"We hope that this long prison sentence gives Mr. Young’s family and friends some solace," he added.

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At the time of the shooting, Brown was out on bond for a weapons offense, the news outlet said. He also has a murder charge pending for a separate incident, the news station reported.