A judge sentenced an Alton man Monday to 55 years in prison for the murder of an 11-year-old boy in a 2016 drive-by shooting.
Ta’Mon Ford was charged with the child’s shooting death in January 2016. His sentence includes 30 years in prison for the child’s murder and an additional 25-year extension because a firearm was used, according to Tayleur Blaylock, spokeswoman for the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office.
He is required to serve the sentence in full, Blaylock said.
Ford was convicted by a judge in April of first-degree murder in the death of Ronnell Jones, 11. The child was shot in the back once during a drive-by shooting outside the Alton Acres Youth Center on Jan. 11, 2016.
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The boy died at a hospital shortly after the shooting.
Ford, then 18, was accused of firing a 9mm handgun from a red 1999 Oldsmobile Alero as he drove by the youth center that day. Police say the shooting was in connection to a long-running dispute that had been festering on social media.
Ronnell was not part of the dispute, however. He was standing in a group of about 20 people when the shooting occurred.