Man found guilty for April 12 shooting near ABC Liquor

By Staff Report, News Desk

On Oct. 9, a jury found Jody Pullen Jr., 28 of Carbondale, guilty for the April 12 shooting near Tres Hombres and ABC Liquor that injured four, according to a press release from Jackson County’s State’s Attorney.

Pullen was found guilty for attempt first-degree murder, four counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm, the release said.

“Because the charge against Pullen, in this case, includes an allegation that he personally discharged a firearm that proximately caused great bodily harm or permanent disfigurement to another person, Pullen faces a potential sentence of between 31 and 55 years in prison,” the release said.

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Attempt first-degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm are Class X felonies, which normally carry a potential sentence of between six and 30 years in prison, the release said. 

The release said aggravated discharge of a firearm is a Class 1 felony, which normally carries a potential sentence of between four and 15 years in prison. Pullen faces a possible extended-term sentence of between four and 30 years in prison on those charges.

The verdict follows an eight-day trial by jury in Jackson County.

“The jury heard evidence that Pullen was a passenger in a vehicle driven by his fiancée with his one-year-old child,” the release said. “As they were sitting in a drive-through at ABC Liquors, an argument ensued between Pullen and other individuals who were parked across the alley situated between the liquor store and Tres Hombres beer garden.”

See more: (Four shot, injured outside ABC Liquors in Carbondale)

The prosecution produced a surveillance video which depicted Pullen pulling a firearm out of the window of his vehicle and firing multiple shots in the direction of the individuals, the release said. Pullen continued to fire the weapon as his vehicle backed out and fled from the scene.

The release said crime scene and forensic evidence linked bullets from Pullen’s firearm to gunshot wounds to two of Pullen’s intended victims as well as those to two patrons of the restaurant. Vehicles that had passengers inside were also linked to Pullen’s weapon. 

The investigation was conducted by the Carbondale Police Department, the release said. Assistant State’s Attorney Jayson Clark was responsible for the prosecution.

 Pullen will remain in the custody of the Jackson County Jail without bond pending his sentencing hearing.

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