MT. VERNON MAN SERVING 25 YEARS INDICTED ON NEW WEAPONS CHARGES IN JACKSON COUNTY

A 21-YEAR-OLD MOUNT VERNON MAN WAS INDICTED THURSDAY BY A JACKSON COUNTY GRAND JURY FOR AN OCT. 21 SHOOTING IN CARBONDALE. ROMONDO BOOTCHEE WAS INDICTED ON CHARGES OF AGGRAVATED BATTERY WITH A FIREARM AND UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF WEAPONS BY A FELON. BOOTCHEE WAS SENTENCED LAST WEEK IN JEFFERSON COUNTY COURT TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON FOR A DRUG DEAL THAT TURNED INTO AN ARMED ROBBERY. THE JACKSON COUNTY INDICTMENT ALLEGES THAT ON OR ABOUT OCT. 21, BOOTCHEE CAUSED INJURY TO A VICTIM BY DISCHARGING A FIREARM. BOOTCHEE WAS ALSO INDICTED ON THE WEAPONS CHARGE BECAUSE HE HAD A PREVIOUS CONVICTION AND WAS IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM. AT ABOUT 3:18 A.M. OCT. 21, CARBONDALE POLICE RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF GUNSHOT VICTIM. THE INDIVIDUAL SUFFERED A LIFE-THREATENING GUNSHOT WOUND AND WAS TAKEN TO A ST. LOUIS-AREA HOSPITAL.BOOTCHEE NOW FACES CHARGES OF CLASS X FELONY AGGRAVATED BATTERY WITH A FIREARM, WHICH IS PUNISHABLE BY SIX TO 30 YEARS IN PRISON, AND CLASS 3 FELONY UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF WEAPONS BY A FELON, WHICH IS PUBLISHABLE BY TWO TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON.

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