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IL man sentenced to prison in connection to 2011 murder of Mt. Vernon man

Demandre Black (Source: Mount Vernon Police Department) Demandre Black (Source: Mount Vernon Police Department)
MT. VERNON, IL (KFVS) -

A man connected to the shooting death of a Mt. Vernon man in 2011 has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Demandre D. Black, 22, of Swansea, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery with a firearm and was sentenced to prison time, followed by three years of mandatory supervised release.

The charges stem from his involvement in the shooting death of Charles Ellis in Mt. Vernon on May 31, 2011.

Black’s plea was accepted by Circuit Judge Barry Vaughan on Wednesday morning in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

The law requires that Black serve 85% of his sentence.

Black was scheduled for jury trial on October 13, 2015.

As a condition of his plea agreement, Black must cooperate with the State’s Attorney’s Office in the prosecution of the three co-defendants also charged for the murder of Charles Ellis, namely, Demandros James, Mark Taylor and Christopher Wells.

Black has agreed to testify at the trials of his co-defendants if the need arises.

Christopher Wells and Demandros James both previously entered an open plea of guilty to first degree murder, and currently await sentencing.

The case against Mark Taylor is currently on appeal.

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