QUINCY -- A Quincy man who served as the driver in a 2018 shooting at a Quincy apartment complex was sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Louis L. Jenkins, 29, faces up between three and seven years in prison but was eligible for probation on one count of attempted aggravated discharge of a firearm at his sentencing hearing Monday in Adams County Circuit Court.
In handing down the sentence, Judge Robert Adrian said he found it difficult, citing many good things Jenkins has done since the shooting, including cooperating with police, maintaining employment and graduating from college.
"I'd like nothing more to put you on probation but not in the light of seriousness in this case," Adrian said.
Jenkins drove a vehicle March 18, 2018, to Country Club Heights Apartment near 31st and State where a passenger, Christopher J. Beaver, fired at least eight shots at a building. A man was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries in the shooting.
"You are not an innocent bystander in this matter," Adrian said.
Jenkins' attorney, Public Defender Chris Pratt, argued for probation highlighting Jenkins cooperation in the investigation and that he has started two businesses to support his family. Pratt said Jenkins recently graduated from Lincoln Land Community College.
Pratt said Jenkins had only one opportunity at probation when he was 18, which he was not successful at, but deserved another opportunity.
Josh Jones, lead trial attorney for the Adams County state's attorney's office, asked for six years, saying that even though Jenkins has done everything right, this was one of several felony convictions Jenkins has.
Jones said Jenkins had claimed that he didn't know what Beaver was going to do when they arrive, but that surveillance footage shows that the car turned its headlights off before the shooting.
"We wouldn't be here right now if Jenkins said, ‘I won't give you a ride,' " Jones said. "When someone gets shot, you don't reward them for the good things they did after."
In a statement in court, Jenkins said he understood the seriousness of the case, and that he was thinking positive, believing he would be able to take his kids bowling after court.
"I don't have any violence in my background," Jenkins said. "I just want probation, so I can go home to my kids and take care of them."
When Jenkins entered a guilty plea in August 2018, a cap of nine years was announced. However, Adrian pointed out that attempted aggravated discharge of a firearm is a Class 2 felony with a maximum prison sentence of seven years..
Jones and Pratt agreed to the amended cap in court Monday.
Jenkins received credit for 166 days already served in the Adams County Jail.
Beaver, 26, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Feb. 26 after pleading guilty to one count of attempted aggravated battery with a firearm.