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Carbondale man pleads guilty to aggravated battery with a firearm

MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) -

The Jackson County State's Attorney announced today that a Carbondale man pleaded guilty to aggravated battery with a firearm and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

On May 14, 2013, at approximately 8:00 p.m., Carbondale Police Officers were dispatched to an apartment on North Robert A. Stalls in regards to an individual with a gunshot wound.

On arrival police learned the gunshot victim was Allen Howard, age 30, of Carbondale.

The victim informed the officers that on May 12, 2013, the victim's nephew was involved in a fight near Attucks Park in Carbondale with four other people.

Approximately four hours after the fight, Donnelle Campbell, age 36, allegedly came to the victim's residence and ordered the victim out of the house to fight or be shot. 

The victim refused to come out of the house, and Campbell left without incident.

On May 14, 2013 at approximately 7:30 p.m., Campbell came back to the victim's apartment and found him sitting on the front porch.

He said that Campbell was carrying a gun and ordered the victim to fight.

The victim refused and walked back into the apartment.

Campbell then allegedly forced his way into the apartment and threatened to kill the victim.

Both Campbell and Howard were then both forced out of the apartment by a third person.

Once outside Campbell pulled out his gun and shot Howard in the heel.

On May 15, 2013, the Jackson County State's Attorney's Office charged Campbell with aggravated battery with a firearm, home invasion, aggravated discharge of a firearm, and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

A Jackson County Judge issued a warrant for Campbell's arrest but he remained at large for 2 years.

In the morning hours of May 30, 2015, Carbondale Police Officers received a crime stoppers tip that Campbell was driving in Carbondale in  a maroon Chrysler 200 with Missouri registration.

Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.

After being ordered to stop by the officers, the vehicle turned into the Amtrak station off South Illinois Avenue.

 When the vehicle stopped, Campbell exited the drivers side of the vehicle and leaned back as if placing something in the vehicle.

Campbell then began to run away from the scene.

He was later caught, and a loaded Silver Smith and Wesson 9 mm handgun was found in his vehicle.

On July 21, 2015, Campbell entered a guilty plea of aggravated battery with a firearm.

Campbell will serve 10 years for that charge while serving another 10 years concurrently for unlawful possession of a firearm.

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