Centralia Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for New Year’s Day Shooting

Centralia Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for New Year’s Day Shooting

MARION COUNTY — A 33-year-old Centralia man was sentenced Tuesday in Marion County Court to 20 years in prison after a jury found him guilty over the summer of the New Year’s Day shooting of a man in his backyard.

Bart Brown will have to serve 85 percent of his 20-year sentence for Class X felony aggravated battery with the discharge of a firearm.

Judge Marc Kelly also sentenced Brown to five years each on Class 2 felonies for possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of ammunition by a felon.

Each count is to be served concurrently to the 20-year sentence. Upon his release from prison, Brown will have to serve five-years mandatory supervised release, also known as parole.

Brown turned himself in the day after shooting Justin McMath in the shoulder with a shotgun while he was in the backyard of Brown’s Razback Street home.

McMath was initially transported to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia before being transferred to a St. Louis area hospital. He recovered and testified Tuesday in the August jury trial against Brown.

State’s Attorney Bill Milner previously voiced approval of the jury’s verdicts and praised Assistant State’s Attorney Melissa Doran for her prosecution of the case, saying she “did a great job.”

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