MURPHYSBORO — The Carbondale man charged in connection to a May shooting has been sentenced to nine years in state prison.

According to a news release from Jackson County State’s Attorney Mike Carr, Jermaine Ross pleaded guilty earlier this month to unlawful use of weapons by a felon, a Class 3 felony, and reckless discharge of a firearm, a Class 4 felony. He was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in state prison for the weapons charge and three years for reckless discharge of a firearm, to be followed by one year of mandatory supervised release for each count.

As previously reported by The Southern, officers on May 12 were monitoring a crowd outside of the Hollywood Lounge in the 100 block of West Jackson Street in Carbondale when they allegedly saw 21-year-old Jermaine Ross fire a gun into the crowd.

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Tuesday’s release said Ross fled when police attempted to apprehend him. As he fled, he ditched the gun and lost a shoe, the release said. Officers later located a loaded .22-caliber Taurus semi-automatic pistol and four .22-caliber spent shell casings under and nearby a truck, where Ross had ditched the gun.

Ross was later found after a chase and was arrested in the 300 block of East Jackson Street.

Ross has several felony charges in both Williamson and Jackson counties. According to court document website Judici, Ross has a 2015 burglary charge in Jackson County as well as 2018 burglary charge in Williamson County.

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Isaac Smith is a reporter covering Jackson County.

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