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Belleville man pleads guilty to firing gun into Carbondale crowd

Jeremy I. Spivey, 29, has pleaded guilty to firing a gun into a crowd of people in Carbondale on Oct. 21, 2017.
Jeremy I. Spivey, 29, has pleaded guilty to firing a gun into a crowd of people in Carbondale on Oct. 21, 2017. Jackson County State's Attorney's Office

A Belleville man who was shot by a Carbondale police officer last year after the man fired into a crowd of people has admitted to his involvement in the incident.

Jeremy I. Spivey, 29, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm, a news release from the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office stated.

On Oct. 21, 2017, the police officer was on foot patrol in the 200 block of West Main Street in Carbondale when he heard gunshots coming from an alley there, the release stated. When the officer approached the area, he saw Spivey shooting a gun in the direction of a crowd gathered in the alley.

The police officer fired at Spivey to stop the threat and shot him, the release stated. Spivey was taken to Carbondale Memorial Hospital and later transferred to a St. Louis hospital for his injuries. The handgun Spivey had used was found at the scene.

Witnesses told police they had seen Spivey take the gun out during an argument with a man in a car outside Curb Side Grill, the release stated. That man fled the scene before police arrived.

Aggravated discharge of a firearm is a felony that carries up to fifteen years in prison. According to the release, Spivey’s sentencing is set for Feb. 15, 2019.

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