Chicago man shot victim while on parole for shooting someone else: prosecutors

CHICAGO — A Chicago man on parole for shooting someone in 2013 is back in jail today, accused of shooting someone else last month.

Judge Charles Beach ordered Keyeon Conner, 28, detained to await trial during a court hearing on Thursday afternoon.

Prosecutors told Beach that the victim identified Conner as the person who shot at him and a witness after an argument in the 600 block of East 72nd Street on October 26. They said the 33-year-old victim was struck “multiple times.”

Even though prosecutors say Conner shot and seriously injured the man, the Cook County state’s attorney’s office rejected attempted murder charges, according to Conner’s arrest report.

Instead, prosecutors charged him with aggravated discharge of a firearm toward a person and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

Beach noted that, in addition to being on parole for shooting someone, Conner has active cases in Indiana and New Jersey.

Keyeon Conner | Cook County sheriff’s office

The earlier case involved a shooting on July 17, 2013, in the 7300 block of South Vernon, less than a half-mile from where he allegedly shot another man last month.

Conner struck a deal with prosecutors in that case: He pleaded guilty to aggravated battery by discharging a firearm, and they dropped a host of felonies, including six counts of attempted murder.

Judge Neil Linehan sentenced him to 10 years on October 5, 2015, according to court records. Conner was paroled on January 5, 2022.

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