Jenkins found guilty of two felonies, faces mandatory prison time

Posted: Apr. 15, 2014 9:06 pm Updated: Apr. 29, 2014 9:14 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

A Quincy man will be sent to prison after he was found guilty for his role in an October shooting on the city's southwest side.

It took an Adams County Circuit Court jury just over two hours Tuesday to find William D. Jenkins, 19, guilty of aggravated battery with a firearm, a Class X felony, and aggravated discharge of a firearm, a Class 1 felony. The jury ruled that Jenkins was not guilty of attempted armed robbery, a Class 1 felony.

Because he was convicted of a Class X felony, Jenkins will be sent to prison when he is sentenced June 10 by Judge Diane Lagoski. Even though this is Jenkins' first felony conviction, he is not eligible for probation.

Assistant State's Attorney Josh Jones said that because a gun was used in committing the crime, Jenkins could be subject to an extra 15 years in prison. Class X felonies carry a sentencing range of between six and 30 years. If the extra 15 years is added, Jenkins faces between 21 and 45 years in prison.

"This was one of those cases where we didn't have a lot of room to make him an offer," Jones said. "When somebody gets shot in our county, we take that very seriously."

Jenkins was arrested by Quincy police after he was identified as the shooter in connection with an Oct. 29 incident at 636 S. 11th. He was identified as the gunman by the victim, James D. Gallaher, 18, of Quincy.

Gallaher testified on Monday afternoon that he was talking on a cellphone and near the bottom of a stairway near an exit inside the residence, which houses apartments, when Jenkins approached him and asked him if he had a light. He said that he hung up the phone and answered the door. After telling Jenkins that he couldn't light a cigarette, Gallaher said Jenkins pulled a gun out of a hoodie that he was wearing.

Gallaher said he went upstairs and Jenkins ordered him to put the valuables from his apartment, including his PlayStation 3, into a backpack that Jenkins was carrying. He said Jenkins threatened him by saying, "Don't be stupid. You could lose your life."

Gallaher tried to close the door of the apartment but Jenkins shot once before the door closed. The bullet went through Gallaher's left leg and lodged in his right leg. He was treated at Blessing Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Jenkins did not take the stand in his own defense. Public Defender Brett Jansen, who represented Jenkins, did not call any witnesses. Jones called 12 witnesses during the two-day trial. He offered into evidence a dozen photos, clothes that Gallaher was wearing on the night of the shooting and a bullet shell casing.

Jenkins was taken into custody after the verdict was read. He will be held in the Adams County Jail until sentencing.

Jenkins initially was held in the Adams County Jail on $200,000 bond. He has been free since his bond was reduced to a $50,000 recognizance bond Nov. 27.