A Pekin man told a judge Friday his role in the shooting of a home in East Peoria last July stemmed from being “with the wrong people."
Anton Grayson’s co-defendant “said the same thing,” Tazewell County Circuit Judge Stephen Kouri replied. “That says something in itself.”
Kouri sentenced Grayson, 22, to five years in prison, four years less than the term he imposed Thursday for Tyler Davis, 23, of East Peoria.
They were the only two involved in firing gunshots into a home at 527 Chicago St. in “retaliation,” Davis claimed on his social media page, for fireworks they purportedly believed were gunshots fired at them.
Davis pleaded guilty last December to aggravated discharge of a firearm. A lesser charge of possessing a firearm as a felon was dismissed.
Grayson chose to defend himself in trial last month. While Kouri convicted him of the same lesser charge, he found insufficient evidence that Grayson also fired gunshots into the house.
No one was injured by the two shots fired just before midnight through the front door of the home of Michael and Wendy Koll. He and his stepson, however, were in the backyard and took cover when the shots rang out.
Hours earlier, Davis and Grayson emerged from a nearby house after fireworks were shot off outside the Kolls’ home and asked, “You shooting guns at us?”, a prosecutor’s court affidavit stated. Despite the Kolls’ denial, the two said they would return later with their “crew.”
People at the Kolls’ home went to a nearby house, but Michael and his stepson returned, and were warned by a cellphone call that Grayson and Davis were seen driving in the area.
Police were alerted moments after the shooting and arrested both men after a short foot chase. They recovered two handguns in the area and two bullets of different calibers in the house.
Grayson was convicted of felony domestic battery in 2015. Davis has felony convictions for criminal trespass to a residence and aggravated battery to a police officer.
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