17 year old from Marion, IL charged in December shooting in Carbondale

CARBONDALE, Ill. (KBSI) – A 17 year old from Marion, Illinois is charged as an adult after multiple December shootings in Carbondale.

Brennan Gibbs, 17, of Marion is charged with multiple counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful possession of a firearm.

Jackson County State’s Attorney, Joseph A. Cervantez, says the charges are for multiple shootings that occurred in Carbondale in December of 2022.

Carbondale police responded to the 500 block of South Forest Street in Carbondale around 11:05 p.m. on December 19, 2022.

Police say the suspect left the area before they arrived. There were no injuries as a result of that shooting, but a resident reported damage to a home.

On December 24, 2022, Carbondale police officers responded to the 400 block of West Pecan in regard to a shots fired call. Similar shootings were reported in Marion and Herrin just earlier that night.

It was suspected that the shootings were related. Multiple law enforcement agencies collaborated in the investigation including the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Carbondale, Marion, and Herrin police departments, and both the Jackson County and Williamson County State’s Attorney’s Offices.

On January 8, 2023, Williamson County sheriff’s deputies found a vehicle of interest. Suspects tried to flee and were eventually arrested by Williamson County authorities.

Jackson County State’s Attorney Joseph A. Cervantez charged Gibbs with aggravated discharge of a firearm for the offenses in Carbondale. Cervantez petitioned the court to transfer Gibbs’ charges to adult court. The judiciary granted the request.

“The Carbondale Police Department is thankful to State’s Attorney Cervantez, and the judiciary for holding this violent offender accountable for his actions,” said Carbondale Police Chief Stan Reno in a news release. “I want all violent offenders to know that if they commit violent crimes in Carbondale, they will be held accountable regardless of their age status. I appreciate the assiduous decision making by the State’s Attorney to use statutory tools in order to send the
message that violent offenders will be prosecuted.”

State’s Attorney Cervantez thanked Williamson County Sheriff Jeff Diederich and Williamson County State’s Attorney Ted Hampson for their response.

“The cooperation among law enforcement professionals from Jackson County and Williamson County is key to keeping violent offenders off of the street,” said Cervantez. “We’ll continue working together to keep Southern Illinois a safe community.”

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