Mt. Vernon Man Files Open Guilty Plea in to Charge Relating to September Shooting Incident

Mt. Vernon Man Files Open Guilty Plea in to Charge Relating to September Shooting Incident

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A 19-year-old Mt. Vernon man filed an open plea of guilty Tuesday in Jefferson County court to a charge stemming from a September incident in which he and two others were arrested in connection with shooting a person on a Mt. Vernon street.

Roderick Burnett Jr. was facing charges of Class 1 felony aggravated discharge of a firearm at an occupied structure and Class 3 felony possession of a firearm without a valid FOID.

Burnett pleaded guilty Tuesday to the aggravated discharge of a firearm charge in exchange for the lesser FOID violation being dismissed.

He was arrested in September along with 22-year-old Alexsis James and 19-year-old Isley Petties after they were pursued from the 900 block of South 25th Street in Mt. Vernon where a person had been shot.

An open plea of guilt does not admit wrongdoing but does admit that the prosecution has sufficient evidence to likely secure a guilty verdict if the case went to trial. The plea also does not have a specified sentence.

A Class 1 felony is punishable by between 4 and 15 years in prison without aggravating factors. Burnett is due back in court December 19 for a sentencing hearing.

Petties is due back in court December 4 for a pre-trial hearing. James, who is free on bond, was last due in court November 15, but the courthouse was closed due to weather. A follow-up hearing has not yet been scheduled.