MURPHYSBORO — One of the men involved in the incident that led to the 2016 shooting of a Carbondale Police officer was sentenced Friday to serve nine years in state prison.
According to a news release from the Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael Carr’s office, Matthew D. Manley, 28, of Wichita, Kansas, was sentenced to nine years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. The news release said Manley admitted that he and other co-conspirators conspired to deliver more than 5,000 grams of a substance containing marijuana between November 2014 and August 2, 2016, a Class 1 Felony. He cooperated with investigators as part of a plea.
During his statement to police, Manley said he and others came to Carbondale in July 2016 to collect a debt owed them. During the collection of that debt, shots were fired in the area of the 700 block of North Robert A. Stalls Avenue in Carbondale, which got the attention of police.
As previously reported by The Southern, officers in the area followed a vehicle that fled the scene. During a chase along Dillinger Road, Alex Karcher, 24, of Salina, Kansas, fired seven shots from a high-powered rifle from the vehicle toward the officers pursuing, striking Officer Trey Harris in the eye.
Carr’s Monday news release makes clear that Manley was not in the car that was chased by police that night, nor did he fire a gun at officers. He was convicted of being involved with the drug-related debt collection before the shooting that left Harris injured.
Harris, who was 26 at the time of the incident, and had joined the department only three years prior, was unable to continue his career in law enforcement because the extent of his eye injury. He has since left the Carbondale Police Department to join another law enforcement agency.
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In November 2018, Karcher was sentenced to a total of 27.5 years in prison for firing at Harris. Others previously sentenced in the incident are:
- Christian Reichert, 26, of Marion, who was sentenced to 23 years for trafficking cannabis and 15 years for conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver more than 5,000 grams of a substance containing cannabis;
- Brandon Jones, 26, of Carterville, who was sentenced to 18 years for trafficking cannabis and 15 years for conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver more than 5,000 grams of a substance containing cannabis;
- Jared Jones, 27, of Carterville, who was sentenced to 10 years for conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver more than 5,000 grams of a substance containing cannabis; and
- William Cummins, 30, who received four years probation for conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver more than 5,000 grams of a substance containing cannabis.