ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – Bond was set at $3 million for a man charged in a Wednesday shooting near downtown Aurora that prompted a fatal vehicle crash near the Fox Valley Mall, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office announced in a news release.
Adrien L. Betsinger , 23, of the 500 block of Woodlawn Avenue, Aurora, was charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm, both Class X felonies; six counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm, Class 1 felonies; and felon in possession of a firearm while on parole, a Class 2 felony.
The most serious charges are the Class X felonies, punishable by six to 30 years in prison and fines up to $25,000 if convicted.
Kane County prosecutors allege that at about 1:30 p.m. Feb. 19, Betsinger was riding in the front passenger seat of a vehicle, a silver Chevrolet Monte Carlo occupied by the driver and one other, when he fired multiple shots at the victim, who was driving a vehicle that was stopped in the 600 block of South Broadway Street.
One of the bullets struck the victim, who immediately drove himself to the hospital, where the non-life-threatening injuries were treated. A witness called police to report the shooting, according to the release.
An Aurora officer spotted the Monte Carlo, which then fled at high speed on New York Street into DuPage County.
The Monte Carlo then crashed into several vehicles after it passed Commons Drive near the Fox Valley Mall. The Monte Carlo split in half, ejecting the three occupants, the release stated.
All three were taken to the hospital, where the driver, Erik Esparza, 24, died.
Betsinger appeared today in bond court where Kane County Judge Michael Noland set his bond at $3 million, with 10 percent or $300,000 to be posted as bail for him to be released.
Noland set Betsinger's next court appearance for March 5.