Man faces 30+ in prison after conviction

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VERMILION COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — A man faces more than 30-years in prison after being found guilty of aggravated vehicular hijacking and aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer.

A jury convicted Shaun Briggs Thursday. The carjacking is a class X felony punishable by up to 30-years in prison (at 50% time); fleeing and eluding is a class 4 felony punishable by up to 3-years (at 50% time).

Authorities say about 9:30 am, February 15, 2017, Briggs and another person carjacked a woman’s Jeep Cherokee at gunpoint. It happened at Casey’s, at Voorhees and Bowman, in Danville.

The pair led police on a chase reaching speeds of more than 140 mph. The chase ended just east of Rossville when Briggs surrendered.

Officials say his DNA was found in the stolen Jeep. No other information was provided about his alleged co-conspirator.

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