5 face charges after series of drive-by-shootings in southern IL

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CARBONDALE, Ill. (KBSI) – Five people face charges after a series of drive-by-shootings over the past several weeks in Marion, Herrin and Carbondale.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office located a vehicle of interest on January 8 which had ties to various criminal activities, according to the Carbondale Police Department, according to the sheriff’s office.

The vehicle and people were believed to be connected to an unlicensed bar in Williamson County which was the site of a large fight where firearms were shown and several batteries occurred.

“Individuals occupying the vehicle are persons of interest related to the series of drive by shootings throughout our communities,” said Williamson County Sheriff Jeff Diederich.

Deputies tried to stop the vehicle and it initially fled at a high rate of speed. While fleeing the suspects tried to dispose of evidence which was later recovered, according to the sheriff’s office.

Four handguns were recovered and are believed to be items of interest in the drive-by-shooting investigations.

A juvenile faces charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, no valid driver’s license, possession of adult use cannabis in a motor vehicle, and multiple traffic offenses.

Ambrose N. Godsey faces charges of mob action and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Michael O. Evans faces charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of controlled substance, and possession of adult use cannabis in a motor vehicle.

Lawrence Abernathy faces charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a weapon by a felon, and contributing to the criminal delinquency of a minor.

Davaughn L. Graves faces charges of  Mob Action and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.

“With the mobility of criminal activity in the region, residents should remain confident that law enforcement throughout Southern Illinois work in concert to hold violent offenders accountable. These arrests are instrumental in the investigations of recent shootings in Carbondale. I am proud of the collaboration of local law enforcement to bring these offenders to justice,” said Carbondale Chief of Police Stan Reno in a news release issued by the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.

The Carbondale Police Department, Carterville Police Department, Energy Police Department, Herrin Police Department, Marion Police Department, Jackson County State’s Attorney Joe Cervantez, and Williamson County State’s Attorney Ted Hampson assited the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.

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