A young Morton man may soon accept a lengthy prison sentence that likely would come with his guilty plea to trying to kill an elderly man who fought him to save 16 young children.

Dustin Brown’s attorney told a Tazewell County judge Friday that he and Brown’s prosecutor are discussing a plea agreement to settle both that case and 22 child pornography charges against him.

Brown, 19, didn’t speak during his brief court appearance in which he was scheduled to return to court on Oct. 21. He remains held on $800,000 bond on charges of attempted murder and armed violence, as well as the pornography charges.

By then he will have spent more than a year in custody since he entered a Morton Public Library conference room where the children were gathered for a chess club meeting led by James Vernon.

Brandishing two large knives, their handles wrapped in tape for better grip, Brown shouted, “I’m going to kill some people!” according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit.

Vernon, then 75, talked quietly to Brown as he stood between the would-be assaulter and his intended victims. That permitted the children, with several parents, to escape from the room.

With Vernon as his only remaining target, Brown lunged and swung one of the knives at him. Vernon’s left hand was badly cut as he blocked the blade, but he used knife-fighting skills he’d learned in the U.S. Army 50 years earlier to control and pin Brown down on a table until library employees arrived to help, the affidavit stated.

Brown later told police he had entered the library last Oct. 12 with plans to kill and commit suicide with the knives. He said he targeted the children in the room in anger over the child porn charges that threatened to put him in prison, the affidavit stated.

He was charged in that case seven months earlier while he still attended Morton High School. Dropbox, an online cloud data storage website, alerted authorities that videos and photographs of children in sexual context had been downloaded into its system by someone with the user name Dustin Brown, according to the charges.

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