A man left partially blind by a pellet gun shooting said he didn’t want his attacker to go to prison. The case prosecutor didn’t specifically seek that punishment.

Trever Wood, however, will serve a two-year prison term that his judge “reluctantly” imposed Wednesday, prompting tears from Wood, 24, and his mother.

Wood, of Pekin, faced between probation and up to a five-year term after he was found guilty in a July bench trial of aggravated battery with great bodily harm to William Hockaday, who acknowledged in the trial that he is mentally disabled.

Wood testified, and still maintained in his sentence hearing, that he was defending himself when he fired several shots from a gas-powered pellet gun as Hockaday, 26, approached his car parked in the 300 block of Caroline Street last Oct. 2. Wood had driven his girlfriend, who had a prior relationship with Hockaday, to the latter’s residence to pick up mail Hockaday said he had for her.

Hockaday testified he had left his apartment after briefly meeting with the woman, Amanda Krontz, and was walking to a friend’s house when something whizzed past his head. 

He turned toward Wood’s car and was shot twice. One projectile lodged in his forehead. The second penetrated his left eye, where Hockaday said it still remains in fatty tissue.

“I don’t want (Wood) in trouble,” Hockaday said in his trial testimony. “It’s not going to fix my eye. Move on with life. That’s what I’m doing.”

Tazewell County Circuit Judge Steven Kouri recalled those statements before sentencing Wood. The prosecutor asked Kouri to consider the “substantial” costs for Hockaday’s medical care and said she doubted Wood would comply with terms of probation, but she did not call for a prison term.

“I believe (Wood) didn’t intend to shoot the victim in the eye,” Kouri said. “But he did shoot.

“We can’t have people shooting people in the eye. We can’t,” the judge said before imposing the minimum prison term available.

With credit for 87 days he spent in custody before posting bond and for good behavior in prison, Wood will serve about nine months of the term.

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