A Litchfield teen who fired gun shots into a house on West South Street in Litchfield on April 22 was sentenced to seven years in prison in Montgomery County Circuit Court on Wednesday, Oct. 7.
Drayk X. Compton, 18, of Litchfield, had pleaded guilty to a felony count of aggravated discharged of a firearm on July 16. The seven-year sentence requires the defendant serve at least 85 percent followed by a mandatory two-year mandatory supervised release, formerly known as parole.
At a sentencing hearing in front of Judge M. Don Shaefor on Wednesday, Compton’s attorney, Tom Hildebrand of Granite City, asked the court for probation citing the defendants young age and lack of criminal history. State’s Attorney Bryant Hitchings, who prosecuted the case, argued for the prison sentence.
“Gun violence of any kind will not be tolerated in Montgomery County,” Hitching said, arguing that Compton’s conduct threatened serious harm to the public, so a prison sentence was necessary for public safety and to deter others from performing such acts.
The felony had a sentencing range of 4-15 years in prison. The case was investigated by the Litchfield Police Department, which culminated in Compton’s arrest on April 28.