Chicago man sentenced to six years for shooting at Danville man

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URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - A man from Chicago will serve six years after opening fire on a busy street in Urbana.

Michael Smith, 23, of Chicago pleaded guilty to aggravated discharge of a firearm. 

Smith opened fire at a Danville man as he stepped off a Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District bus. In exchange for the guilty plea, other charges including attempted murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm were dismissed. He received credit for the 172 days he has already served.

Police say the event happened in the 1200 block of North Cunningham Avenue. Witnesses saw Smith and another man Kendale Stevenson-Peoples, 23, of Champaign, chasing the man, firing at him.

Due to road construction taking place at the time, lanes were narrowed on the street and many construction workers were around for the shooting. Urbana police said people were rapidly fleeing from the location.

Lt. Rich Surles said the shooting was an act of revenge.

Surles said the police disocovered the shooting was targeted at a man Smith and Stevenson-Peoples believed was involved in a murder of a Champaign man in March: a homicide that has gone unsolved to this day.

Police found the victim unharmed hiding in a nearby business.

Stevenson-Peoples' charges are unresolved at this point. He was released from the county jail on recognizance to receive treatment for cancer. He is due back in court Dec. 18.

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