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YORKVILLE, Ill. (STMW) – One month after he was sentenced to 38 years in prison for shooting a DeKalb man in the face, a Rochelle man received another lengthy sentence in Kendall County.

Last week, Brandon Washington, 22, of the 800 block of North Seventh Street, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, according to Kendall court records.

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Washington was charged in March after Oswego police were called for a domestic disturbance. When officers arrived, Washington had already left, the Kendall County state’s attorney’s office said. Officers then stopped Washington near Routes 30 and 34 and found an uncased, loaded handgun in his jacket, prosecutors said. Washington was a convicted felon, which prohibited him from owning or possessing a firearm, prosecutors said.

At the time of the stop, Washington was also wanted for a DeKalb County attempted murder. According to published reports, Washington shot a man in the face, but was mistakenly released from prison while still facing the DeKalb County charges. Police were looking for Washington until he was stopped in Oswego.

Prosecutors said Washington has an extensive criminal history dating back almost a decade. In November, he was sentenced to 38 years for the DeKalb shooting.

Kendall County State’s Attorney Eric Weis commended local officers for capturing Washington without incident.

“Police officers are constantly faced with confronting violent criminals like Washington without prior knowledge of who they are, their criminal background, or whether or not they are armed and dangerous,” he said.

Washington will serve his 12-year sentence concurrent with the 38-year sentence out of DeKalb County, Weis said. His projected release date is in 2041, Weis said.

– Beacon-News, via the Sun-Times Media Wire