A Cahokia teenager has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to shooting two people in March 2016.
Brandon D. Ray, 17, will spend up to eight years in prison for aggravated battery and aggravated discharge of a firearm after he was sentenced Thursday by St. Clair County Associate Judge Randall Kelley.
Three other charges — unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful discharge of a firearm and another aggravated battery charge — were dismissed as a part of a plea deal. Ray received five years for the firearm charge and eight years on the aggravated battery charge, and will serve the sentences concurrently.
Ray pleaded guilty to shooting two people, one on March 9 and the other March 14. He shot Jeremy Shaw and Jahree Walker with a 12-gauge shotgun, which was modified so it was less than 26 inches. Both people who were shot survived. Another man, 19-year-old Keylan D. Ray, was charged with the same shootings.
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It was not immediately clear how or whether the Rays are related, but court records show the teens have the same home address.
Keylan Ray’s case is still pending, and his jury trial is scheduled to take place later in November.