JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced Wednesday that a 25-year-old Bolingbrook man was sentenced to 18 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl.
Edward Brown, who had been living with the victim, pleaded guilty to two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, a Class X felony. Each count carries a mandatory minimum penalty of six years in prison upon conviction. On each count he received a 9-year sentence that will be served consecutively.
Circuit Judge Daniel Rozak accepted a plea agreement recommended by prosecutors for the 18-year sentence. Brown must serve 85% of that sentence under the state’s truth-in-sentencing provisions.
The victim’s parents were present in court when he received the sentence. Prosecutors worked out the plea agreement only after consulting with the parents, who approved the disposition.
Brown was 23 at the time and living with the victim’s family in Will County when he molested the girl twice in 2003. He continued to molest her after he moved along with the victim’s family to Cook County.
He was sentenced to 28 years on three similar counts from Cook County. He received sentences of 9 years, 9 years and 10 years respectively on each of those three counts to be served consecutively.
Brown will not begin serving his 18-year sentence from Will County until he completes the 28-year prison term from Cook County. These consecutive sentences totaling 46 years will ensure that the earliest the defendant will be eligible for parole is after his 62nd birthday.
“The children of Will County are safe from Edward Brown for the next four decades thanks to the dedication of my prosecutors and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office,” Glasgow said. “These combined sentences amount to nearly a lifetime, which is an appropriate punishment for robbing a child of her innocence. It will serve as an unwavering warning to any diabolical monster who even thinks about molesting a child.”