Two men recently released from prison likely will return if they’re convicted of charges they pointed a handgun at four people in a Pekin home last week.
For Brad Denham, 23, it would be his third prison term imposed in the past three years.
Denham, a Pekin native now of Peoria, and Benjamin Grisham, 30, of Pekin, were ordered held on bonds of $50,000 and $100,000, respectively, when they were charged with possessing a firearm as a felon on parole. Denham also was charged with two misdemeanor counts of aggravated assault.
Denham and Grisham arrived Tuesday night at a home in the 1400 block of Summit Drive where several other people had gathered, Denham allegedly pointed a loaded handgun at a man who was sleeping on a couch and then, with Grisham, went through the man’s pockets.
He also pointed the weapon at two young women, ages 17 and 20, who were in the residence with another man, according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit. Denham said he should shoot them all because they were witnesses, according to the affidavit.
Before that incident, Grisham pointed the gun at the other man, who told police he believed Grisham did so only to see his reaction to the threat.
No shots were fired, but Denham left the house when one of the other women said she was going to call the police. Grisham, who had remained, was arrested when the officers who arrived learned he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Denham was found and arrested a short time later.
Police recovered the handgun, which one of the men in the home said he’d taken to another residence before the police arrived, the affidavit stated.
Denham was sentenced to three years in prison in January 2015 for violating his probation on a previous violence-related conviction by slapping a Tazewell County jail officer in the face. Freed on parole, he was charged with possessing meth ingredients, which produced another three-year term in December 2016.
Grisham was sentenced to two years in 2016 for felony theft and to three years for burglary in 2006, according to court records.
Both men face up to seven-year terms if they’re convicted in their latest cases. They’re next due in court Feb. 8.
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