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MURPHYSBORO — A Belleville man on Wednesday pleaded guilty to a felony charge of aggravated discharge of a firearm in an October 2017 shooting in a downtown Carbondale alley, which ended when a Carbondale police officer fired on the shooter.

Jeremy I. Spivey


Jeremy I. Spivey, 29, pleaded guilty to the Class 1 felony charge, and will face sentencing at 9 a.m. Feb. 15, 2019. He faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

According to a news release from Jackson County top prosecutor Michael Carr, witnesses told police that early in the morning on Oct. 21, 2017, Spivey and his friends arrived at the now-shuttered Curbside Grill and parked their car in the alley behind the business. Someone in another vehicle there called out to them. Spivey argued with a man in that other vehicle, then drew a handgun and fired at the man.

Carbondale Police Patrol Sgt. Guy Draper was on foot patrol in the area and heard the gunshots, according to previous reporting by The Southern. Draper saw Spivey firing his gun and fried at Spivey. Draper injured Spivey, and Spivey surrendered. 

Spivey was treated at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale and then at a St. Louis hospital. No one else was injured in the incident.

Draper in July received a Valor Award from the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge for his actions during the shooting.

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Local news editor

Alee Quick is the local news editor for, and the editor of weekly local entertainment guide Scene618. She is a columnist and a member of The Southern Illinoisan editorial board.

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