DANVILLE — A former Danville man was sentenced to a total of 20 years in prison following guilty pleas in three separate Vermilion County cases, the most serious of which involved him shooting a victim riding on a bike.
Judge Charles Hall entered the sentence against Brandon Pluskis. Pluskis must also serve 18 months of mandatory supervised release.
Pluskis pleaded guilty to methamphetamine possession, a class 2 felony.
The court heard evidence that that Danville Police Department responded to a call of a man with a knife. The responding officer made contact with Pluskis and found 5 grams of methamphetamine in his possession.
Hall sentenced Pluskis to four years in prison.
While on bond in that case, Pluskis was arrested and charged with possession of firearm without a FOID card, a Class 3 felony.
The court heard evidence that on March 29, 2021, police spoke with a victim who said Pluskis had made several threats to shoot the victim, banging on the door of the victim’s home and then sending threats to the victim via text message.
Police located Pluskis and found a loaded .38-caliber revolver in his possession. He was ineligible for a FOID card. Pluskis pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four years in prison.
In August 2022, while on bond, Pluskis was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with firearm, a Class X felony.
The court learned Pluskis was walking with an uninvolved third party when the victim rode by on a bicycle. Pluskis announced he was going to shoot the victim and then did so as the victim rode down the block.
Pluskis fled the scene, and the gun was not recovered. The victim walked for help and received medical treatment.
Numerous witnesses identified Pluskis as the shooter, and Danville police apprehended him shortly thereafter.
He pleaded guilty to the offense and was sentenced to 12 years in prison and must serve at least 85 percent of that time.
The sentences will be served consecutively in the Illinois Department of Corrections.