Metro-East News

East St. Louis man gets minimum sentence in MetroLink shooting

Keymond Gattlen
Keymond Gattlen

A judge passed down the minimum sentence required last week to a 21-year-old East St. Louis man who will spend six years in prison for his role in a shooting during an armed robbery at a MetroLink station.

Keymond Gattlen, along with 23-year-old Keonte McCurtis, was charged in January 2017 after Marques Phillips was shot at an East St. Louis MetroLink station.

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to the Emerson Park MetroLink station on Jan. 23 and discovered Phillips had been shot in the torso after he exited a train that had just arrived at the station.

The shooting occurred after a 29-year-old man fled to the station after reportedly being robbed by armed men at his nearby home, according to police.

Gattlen was sentenced Jan. 9 for aggravated battery with the discharge of a firearm. As a part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed charges of attempted armed robbery, aggravated discharge of a firearm and possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number.

Along with six years in prison, Gattlen will serve 30 months on probation for unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon with no ID card that stems from May 2016 charges.

Keonte McCurtis
Keonte McCurtis Provided

McCurtis’ sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 31 — he faces an additional charge of mob action.

Shaquille Turner, 23, was also sentenced this month for two unrelated MetroLink shootings, one in East St. Louis and one in Swansea. Both victims survived, but were seriously injured.