MURPHYSBORO — A Memphis man was convicted of a felony weapons charge for his involvement in a shooting in Carbondale on the Fourth of July.
According to a Thursday news release from Jackson County State's Attorney Michael Carr, Rodney R. Boyd, 35, was convicted after a two-day jury trial of two Class 3 felony charges of unlawful use of weapons by a felon, as well as a misdemeanor charge of resisting a peace officer.
Carbondale Police officers responded on July 4 to reports of men shooting at one another from two vehicles in the 1200 block of North Bridge Street, according to the release. Police later located a car matching the description given in one of the reports and attempted to stop the vehicle on North Illinois Avenue. Officers followed the car as it turned onto Willow and then Bridge streets, and the car eventually stopped in the 1200 block of North Bridge.
When the car stopped, Boyd got out and ran into the backyard of a residence. At least one officer claimed to see a pistol in Boyd's waistband as he jumped out of the car. Police chased him through several backyards before they eventually caught him. A K-9 search of the area where Boyd had been turned up two fully-loaded pistols. Ammunition matching one of those pistols was later found in the car where Boyd had been traveling.
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Boyd admitted to officers when he was arrested that the guns were his, the release says. But, the video of the interview did not contain any audio. His defense argued during trial that Boyd didn't admit to anything, and it was possible someone else had tossed the guns in his path. The jury rejected that argument in returning its guilty verdict.
Unlawful use of weapons by a felon is a nonprobationable offense, with a mandatory minimum sentence of two to 10 years in state prison.
Boyd is in custody of the Jackson County Jail until his sentencing hearing.