MOUNT VERNON, IL (KFVS) - A Mt. Vernon man has been sentenced to 16 years behind bars for a shooting that happened near a middle school.
According to the state's attorney, Jaquez R. Gardner, 21, of Mt. Vernon, pleaded guiley to one count of felony armed violence and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
The charge stems from a shooting on January 19, 2012 near Casey Middle School.
In May 2012, Gardner's half-brother, Tylon Hawthrone, was convicted by jury of aggrated discharge of a firearm in conneciton with the shooting. He was sentenced to 12 years for that crime.
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