A Carbondale man learned his fate after pleading guilty to firing gunshots near a crowd of people earlier this year.
The Jackson County State's Attorney says 21-year-old Jermaine Ross was sentenced to nine years in prison on the charge of Unlawful Use of Weapons by a Felon and three years for Reckless Discharge of a Firearm.
Ross admitted to firing four times near a crowd, who had exited a bar in the area of East Jackson Street around 2 a.m. on May 12th.
Ross then ditched the gun under a nearby truck and fled the area. Officers found him hiding stomach-down in tall weeds in the back yard in the 300 block of East Jackson.
Officers later located a loaded .22 caliber Taurus semi-automatic pistol and four .22 caliber spent shell casings under and by the truck where Ross ditched the gun.
Ross is a felon, having been convicted of Burglary in 2015 and Possession of a Controlled Substance in 2016.