Central Illinois man to seek prison sentence reduction

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SPRINGFIELD - A central Illinois man who was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the deaths of two brothers in 2008 will be allowed the chance to seek a less severe sentence.

On Thursday, 37-year-old Michael Brown's case was sent back to McLean County Court from the 4th Appellate Court.  That action means Brown will have the opportunity to argue that his lawyer gave him incorrect legal information.

Authorities say in 2009, Brown was convicted of killing Calvin and David Walls and injuring a third man after a dispute at an apartment building.  Brown says he was acting in self-defense.

Brown says he did not have competent counsel because his attorney advised him that he faced between 20 and 60 years in prison if convicted of the murders.  Brown also says his attorney did not tell him that life in prison was a potential sentence he could face if convicted.
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