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Man gets 8 years for chase that left woman dead on West Side

Jaime D. Brown | Illinois Department of Corrections

A West Side man who shot someone before starting a police chase that left a woman dead three years ago in West Garfield Park has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Jaime D. Brown, 36, pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated DUI in an accident causing death before Judge William Lacy, according to Cook County court records. The other charges against him were dropped.

Brown shot a 38-year-old man in the leg in a drive-by attack about 11:30 p.m. July 13, 2013 in the 100 block of South Springfield, authorities said at the time. A witness told officers that someone inside the fleeing car had just shot someone.

Officers heard the shots, and when they saw a car that matched the description of the one in the shooting, they attempted to make a traffic stop, but Brown sped off, authorities said.

Officers pursued the vehicle to Pulaski and Chicago, where it crashed into a CTA bus and two other vehicles, according to police. Nine people were hospitalized from the crash.

The driver of one of the vehicles, 35-year-old Marisol Mercado, died the next day at Mount Sinai Hospital, authorities said. No officers were injured in the crash.

Judge Lacy sentenced Brown to eight years in prison Thursday, according to court records. He will receive credit for 1,096 days served in the Cook County Jail, and will have to serve two years of supervised release.