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Murphysboro man convicted of aggravated unlawful use of a gun

MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) -

A Murphysboro, Illinois resident was convicted of aggravated unlawful use of a firearm after a jury trial, according to Jackson County State's Attorney Michael C. Carr.

Manuel Shanklin, 31, was convicted of aggravated unlawful use of a firearm in the jury trial held on Nov. 3 and 4.

According to Carr, on Oct. 17, 2013, two pedestrians were walking into a parking lot behind Kampus Kuts when they walked into a confrontation between two groups of men.

Once at their vehicle, they heard a gun cock and turned around to see a man holding a handgun.

The two pedestrians hurried to their vehicle and called the police. When officers arrived, the three individuals ran westbound across South Illinois Avenue toward the Air Force ROTC building on the SIU campus.

Carr said officers chased the three suspects and eventually caught all three around the ROTC building on South Normal Avenue.

While officers questioned the two suspects, Carr said someone, outside a cafe directly north of where the suspects were caught, approached the police and indicated that he saw one of the individuals bend down at the steps attached to the ROTC building.

Officers say they searched under the steps and found a .45 caliber Sig Saur handgun.

According to officers, they got written statements from four other people that were with the original witness, all of which said they saw the same thing.

The gun was sent to the Illinois State Police Forensic Crime Lab in Carbondale, Ill. for DNA testing.

Results from the testing indicated that DNA consistent with that of Shanklin, the man arrested at the scene, was found on the gun.

Shanklin did not have a valid firearm owner's identification card at the time of the offense.

Shanklin was convicted by a jury of his peers on Nov. 4 at the Jackson County Courthouse.

Sentencing has been set for Jan. 8 at 2:30 p.m.

According to Carr, this is Shanklin's first conviction for aggravated unlawful use of a firearm, which carries a sentence of up to one to three  years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. He was released on a recognizance bond.

The investigation was conducted by the Carbondale Police Department and the Illinois State Police.

Assistant State's Attorney Patrick Brewster was responsible for the prosecution of this case.

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