A Cahokia teen was charged with three felonies Wednesday in connection with a Sunday incident in East St. Louis.
According to information filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court, David Gates, 16, was charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, armed robbery and robbery by the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The criminal complaint filed in Gates’ case states that Gates used a Hi-Point .45-caliber handgun to shoot another man in the neck. Police allege Gates used the firearm to take a bookbag, prescription medication and a laptop from the man who was shot. Gates is also accused of robbing a male juvenile of a self-balancing scooter.
The aggravated battery with a firearm and armed robbery charges are both Class X felonies. If convicted of either charge, Gates could be sentenced to between six and 30 years in prison. The robbery charge carries with it a prison term of between three and seven years.
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Gates is in the custody of the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department. According to the St. Clair County Circuit Clerk website, there are pending grand-jury actions in Gates’ case.