Trial set for DeKalb teen accused in 2016 shooting

February 13, 2017

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb teen accused of shooting two people in the Pleasant Street neighborhood in February 2016 plans to take his case to a jury in May.

Scott K. Brewer, 17, formerly of the 800 block of Springfield Lane, DeKalb, was charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and other crimes after a shooting last February that sent two people to the hospital. Aggravated battery with a firearm is a Class X felony typically punishable by six to 30 years in prison. Although he was 16 at the time, Brewer was charged as an adult.

This week, Brewer rejected a plea deal from prosecutors that called for him to serve 85 percent of a six-year prison sentence. A trial date is set for May 16, defense attorney Bob Nolan said.

Police said Brewer pulled the trigger in an afternoon shooting Feb. 25, 2016, at 10th and Pleasant streets in DeKalb that injured two people. One person was shot in the foot, the other in the chest, according to court documents.

Christian Contreras, 20, formerly of the 200 block of Maplewood Avenue in DeKalb, also is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and mob action in connection with the shooting. His case remains pending; no trial date has been set.

Contreras was arrested shortly after the shooting. Brewer was arrested hours later as he walked to his home in DeKalb, according to a police news release. A search of Brewer’s home turned up an empty ammunition magazine, police said.

The shooting happened after what witnesses and police described as an argument between two groups of people near 10th and Pleasant. After a short talk, police said Brewer began firing.

On his Facebook page, Brewer said he had been a student at DeKalb High School. Police later said he had been arrested a month before the shooting for making gun threats at school.

Brewer is being held at the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center in lieu of a $500,000 bond.

He is next due in court March 14.