MT. VERNON – A 20-year-old Harvey, Illinois man was sentenced Thursday in Jefferson County Court to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to felony armed violence.
Terrell Burnam was arrested over the summer after he fled the scene of a reported home invasion involving a firearm on Wescott Avenue in Mt. Vernon.
As officers arrived and pursued a vehicle fleeing from the scene. That vehicle crashed a short distance later near the intersection of 42nd Street and Veterans Memorial Drive where a Mt. Vernon police officer exchanged gunfire with Burnam as he fled the crashed vehicle.
Burnam was taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries before being transported to the Jefferson County Jail.
He was ultimately charged in court with one count Class X home invasion and one Class X count of Armed Violence.
Burnam pleaded guilty Thursday to Count 2 in exchange for Count 1 being dismissed.
He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and given credit for 158 days served in the Jefferson County Jail.