A former gang member will spend 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated battery in a shooting that killed a 14-year-old East St. Louis boy in 2015.
Alec Chisolm-Blockton, 20, and Jemmane Whitehead Jr., 19, were both charged with first-degree murder in the death of 14-year-old Anton McDaniels Jr., who died three days after the June 11, 2015, shooting. Another teenager was also injured in the shooting near the Roosevelt Homes complex on North 44th Street.
Chisolm-Blockton, of Madison, has remained in custody in lieu of $950,000 bail. He also faced felony counts of possession of a firearm as a gang member and aggravated battery of a firearm. He pleaded guilty in October 2016 in a cooperation agreement that would have required him to testify against Whitehead, of St. Louis, who pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was sentenced to 16 years in prison in August.
While at one point Chisolm-Blockton tried to back out of testifying, prosecutor Jason Emmanuel said that he provided enough information to police that they were willing to honor the deal.
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Ballistics could not match the bullets that killed Anton to Chisolm-Blockton’s gun, and the family wanted closure and to be done with court dates, Emmanuel said.
Defense attorney Karen Craig pointed out that there was no evidence showing he fired the gun. She said that the entire argument was over a stolen video game console.
St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida sentenced Chisolm-Blockton to 10 years in prison on the charge of aggravated battery, of which he must serve 85 percent. He also sentenced him to 8 years each on the two lesser counts, of which he must serve 50 percent, but they will run concurrently with the longer sentence. The other charges were dismissed.
A third person, Stephon Jones, was initially charged, but the charges were dismissed last year.