Lakeview house party shooting earns man 15-year sentence

James Warren IV pleaded guilty to shooting a party-goer at 2943 North Sheffield. | CPD; Google

The man who fired shots during a house party in Lakeview two years ago has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

James Warren IV, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated battery with a firearm Tuesday in a plea deal with prosecutors who dropped five counts of attempted murder and three weapons charges. Judge Timothy Chambers gave Warren credit for 759 days time served in jail while awaiting trial. Warren will be required to serve 85% of his sentence under state law.

On April 16, 2017, witnesses told police that Warren was asked to leave a party that was being held in an apartment at 2943 North Sheffield around 1:15 a.m.

Warren departed, then returned with a gun and shot a 21-year-old man in the legs. Many partiers fled the scene, and some flagged down a passing patrol car to report the gunfire. Other bystanders wrestled the weapon away from Warren and held him for police, prosecutors later said.

The victim was treated at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Warren received a head injury as he struggled for control of the gun, police said.

Two shell casings were recovered at the scene along with one live round that witnesses removed from the weapon before cops arrived.

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