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ESL man who shot rival in genitals gets six-year prison sentence

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Cortney Gray and Roy Montgomery didn’t get along.

The two had an ongoing battle for years that sometimes escalated into gunfire and resulted in Montgomery getting shot five times on April 12, 2013, according to Rick Roustio, Gray’s attorney.

Gray faced five charges of aggravated battery with a firearm. That is a Class X felony that carried a possible penalty of up to 30 years in state prison.

On Wednesday, Gray, 22, admitted in court that he had shot Montgomery in the genitals and in the shoulder.

St. Clair County Assistant State’s Attorney Erin Conner asked Circuit Judge Zina Cruse to sentence Gray to 15 years in prison, but Cruse settled on six years, in part because Montgomery was not seriously injured.

Despite being shot five times, none of the bullets struck a bone or vital organs, Roustio said, and Montgomery was discharged from the hospital after a couple of hours.

“He was pretty lucky,” Roustio said.

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