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Man sentenced in drug-deal shooting

Published: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – One of five men accused in a September 2011 shooting in DeKalb is serving three years of probation for armed robbery.

Ventreal Lewis, 21, of the 14000 block of Seeley Avenue in Harvey, was involved in a shooting after a drug deal went bad and left a man with a gunshot wound to the leg, authorities said. Lewis had been charged with armed violence and aggravated battery with a firearm as well, but those charges were dropped after he told police he served as a lookout, court records show.

Under a negotiated plea agreement, Lewis also was sentenced Monday to 160 days in jail, but was released after receiving credit for the time he served while the case was pending.

Devonte Matticx, the shooter who was 16 at the time of the incident, was sentenced to 81⁄2 years in prison in November. Chrishaun Scott and Eric Sims, who police said also were involved, have been sentenced to probation, while Luther Teagues is scheduled for a bench trial Feb. 21.

On the night of Sept. 28, 2011, the group met a man on the 900 block of Lucinda Avenue to sell him marijuana, according to court documents. When Matticx arrived with the others, he pulled out a gun and demanded the marijuana. He then took the marijuana and shot the victim in the leg. The victim said he ran from the scene and the suspect continued to shoot at him.

According to court documents, Sims and Lewis were interviewed by police and both admitted they knew the victim was going to be robbed by their friend.

They said they acted as look-outs during the robbery and saw their friend shoot the victim.

Sims and Lewis told police they were going to assist their friend during the robbery if the victim fought back. Both said they saw the marijuana their friend stole from the victim, court records show.

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