Man sentenced for role in attempted murder case

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DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A Decatur man has been sentenced for his role in an attempted murder. 

36-year-old Jerry D. Harris was sentenced to 37 years in prison for the July 2017 shooting in the 1000 block of Cerro Gordo Street, that sent one to the hospital. 

Harris was sentenced to 12 years for attempted murder with an additional 25 years for use of a firearm inflicting great bodily harm. 

Decatur police say officers responded to Decatur Memorial Hospital just before 4 p.m. on July 29, for a report of a person who had sustained a gunshot wound to the chest.  Upon arriving, officers spoke with the victim, who reported that he had been standing in the 1000 block of Cerro Gordo when a light blue four-door car pulled up.  The victim said that he got into an argument with the driver of the vehicle, during which the driver shot several rounds from a handgun, striking the victim.

The victim told police that he was shot by a man named "Little C," who was later identified as Harris. Decatur police also say Harris matched the description given by the victim, and was also known to drive a light blue 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis.

Following a positive identification via electronic photo spread by the victim, Decatur police arrested Harris.

Harris is required to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence. 

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