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St. Louis man sentenced for 2015 shooting that killed 14-year-old boy

Jemmane Whitehead Jr.
Jemmane Whitehead Jr.

A 19-year-old St. Louis man who shot and killed a teenager more than two years ago in East St. Louis was sentenced Wednesday to 16 years in prison.

Jemmane Whitehead Jr. pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and received a shorter sentence than if he had gone to trial, which he originally intended to do. He was initially charged with first-degree murder following the June 11, 2015, shooting. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Wednesday.

A 14-year-old boy, Anton McDaniels Jr., died three days after the shooting. A 16-year-old boy was also injured in the shooting, which took place near the Roosevelt Homes complex on North 44th Street.

Alec Chisolm-Blockton, a 20-year-old Madison man, was also charged with murder in that shooting. He was set to be sentenced Thursday. Chisolm-Blockton remained in the St. Clair County Jail as of Wednesday on $950,000 bail.

Charges against a third co-defendant, Stephon Jones, were dismissed in July.