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Crime & Courts

DeKalb man gets 4 years for September shooting

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb man who shot cars in his apartment complex was sentenced to 4 years in prison Monday but likely will be steered to prison boot camp instead.

Demetrius D. Wade, 26, of the 800 block of Edgebrook Drive, pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated discharge of a firearm in exchange for charges of armed violence, possession of a weapon by a felon, criminal damage to property, possession of ammunition without a firearm owner’s identification card and unlawful possession of marijuana being dropped.

According to court documents, DeKalb police heard shots fired about 4:20 a.m. on Sept. 8, in the area of Edgebrook Drive and Normal Road. Police located no victims but found three cars with bullet holes.

Wade, who police said was a Kishwaukee College student, was arguing with people in a parking lot below his apartment building and began shooting at them from his balcony, authorities said.

During a search of Wade’s apartment, police found marijuana and ammunition. The handgun Wade used was recovered at a residence in the 700 block of North Annie Glidden Road, where an acquaintance of Wade lived, according to police reports. 

Wade received a recommendation for the Illinois Impact Incarceration program, commonly known as boot camp, as part of his sentence. Successful completion of the program allows offenders to be released on parole without serving the full sentence in prison. The program is approximately 6 months.

Wade was also credited with 217 days - or about seven months - served.       

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