CHARLESTON -- One of three men accused of shooting people with paint balls in Charleston in October was placed on probation after pleading guilty to a property damage charge.

Jonas Hall, 21, for whom court records list an address in Chicago, was one of the people arrested for reportedly shooting pedestrians from a vehicle at various locations on Oct. 14.

One of the reported locations was the basketball courts on South Fourth Street on the Eastern Illinois University campus.

With the agreement reached in Hall's case, he pleaded guilty to a charge of damage to government-supported property alleging he caused damage to the courts with the paint balls.

Aggravated battery charges accusing him of a role in hitting five people with the paint balls were dismissed.

Hall's sentence was two years of what's called second chance probation, a form of probation that allows for no record of a conviction if completed successfully.

Probation terms included six months of jail time but it was stayed. That means Hall won't have to serve it now but some or all of it could be ordered later if he violates his sentence's requirements.

Both the property damage charge to which Hall pleaded guilty and the dismissed aggravated battery charges were felony offenses.

Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien imposed the sentence by accepting a plea agreement that State's Attorney Brian Bower and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.

The other two suspects in the incident continue to face aggravated battery charges. Court hearings are scheduled for later this month for Jacob J. Myers, 19, and Javauris L. Montgomery, 20, who both have addresses on record on Seventh Street in Charleston and in Chicago.

Records in the cases say police first responded to a report of shots fired in the 900 block of Sixth Street in Charleston and then found people who said they'd been hit by paint balls shot from a passing vehicle.

Witnesses at the basketball courts were able to provide a license plate number for the vehicle and the suspects were later located with the vehicle, the records say.

Air guns and paint balls of the same color paint as those used in the shootings were also found, according to the records.


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