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Urbana man sentenced to prison time for performing sexual act on unconscious woman

Twenty-one-year-old Urbana, Illinois resident Markel Brown was sentenced to three years of imprisonment on Thursday, September 8 for performing sexual acts on a woman who was passed out in a house in the 1100 block of Austin Drive in Urbana on Feb. 3, 2016.

Judge Tom Difanis disgusted with the act, said it was “outrageous” and that the sentence was necessary to prevent others from “taking advantage of a woman who is passed out”.

Despite a three-year sentence, Brown could be released after a year if he attains maximum credit for good behavior and time already served. He will have to register as a sex offender after being released.

The girl testified to drinking before arriving at the house where she and Brown were going to hang out. She is not sure whether it was Brown or other 21-year-old Urbana resident, Gerald B. Jackson, who assaulted her.

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