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Crime & Courts

DeKalb man gets 8 years for shooting gun in parking lot

SYCAMORE – The man accused of firing shots at a car during a fight at a DeKalb apartment complex parking lot was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison.

Benjamin Evans, 28, of the 700 block of Russell Road, DeKalb, pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated discharge of a firearm in exchange for prosecutors dropping all other charges against him.

Evans was charged in connection with a Nov. 13 incident at James Court Apartments, 2510 N. First St., DeKalb. Police said Jerome Fields, 25, of the 800 block of Pappas Drive in DeKalb, drove Evans to the complex and gave him a gun. Evans admitted that he fired two shots at a car carrying people with whom he was arguing, court records show.

When police searched Evans' apartment, he directed them to a flower pot where he hid the revolver he used for the crime, Assistant State's Attorney Duke Harris said. Evans will receive credit for 244 days, or about eight months, of time he has served in jail.

Fields' charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon remain pending. He is due in court Aug. 20.

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