62 years in prison for shooting two people outside an Uptown restaurant

Keyonta Alexander | Chicago Police Department; Multiplottr

CHICAGO — A judge on Wednesday sentenced a Chicago man to 62 years in prison for shooting two men outside an Uptown restaurant in 2019.

Judge Neera Walsh found Keyonta Alexander, 25, guilty of nine counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated battery by discharging a firearm during a bench trial in September 2021. Alexander has been fighting to get a new trial ever since.

Today, he was sentenced: Walsh merged the 11 felonies Alexander was convicted of into two counts of attempted murder and sentenced him to 31 years on each count, to be served consecutively, according to court records.

The shooting occurred around 8:15 p.m. on March 19, 2019, outside Family House restaurant, 1007 West Argyle.

Witnesses said two men were standing in a small group when someone in the gathering pulled out a handgun and started shooting as the others ran away.

Police said a 27-year-old man was shot in the chest, groin, both legs, and right arm. A 23-year-old man suffered a graze wound on his jaw.

The critically injured man was found outside an apartment building near Argyle and Sheridan. The other man was found a short distance away.

Detectives arrested Alexander about three weeks later.

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