Metro-East News

24-year-old man sentenced in Granite City shooting


A 24-year-old Granite City man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in connection with the shooting Austin Pearse during an argument on June 10 at the Economy Inn on West Chain of Rocks Road in Granite City.

Lavonce A. James was originally charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, armed robbery and unlawful possession of weapons by a felon.

Pearse’s condition at the time was described as “serious” but he was awake and able to talk.

As part of a March 28 plea deal, prosecutors dismissed three charges and James pleaded guilty to armed robbery, a class X felony. The specific charge notes armed robbery with a weapon other than a firearm.

The sentence range for a Class X felony is six to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.