Paxton man formally charged with attempted murder

CLINTON — A Paxton man is due back in DeWitt County Circuit Court next month after being arraigned Wednesday on charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm.

If convicted, Jesse L. Emmerson, 27, faces a mandatory prison term of between six and 30 years.

Emmerson is accused of allegedly shooting Jason Allison, 36, of Danville, in the chest inside a car in Farmer City on Sept. 8.

The two men had apparently been together at a home in rural Farmer City earlier and got into an argument that moved in to town, according to DeWitt County Sheriff Jered Shofner.

Shofner said Allison was in a car in an alley in the Farmer City business district when he was shot in the chest. Alone in the car, he drove about a half-mile down the road to a convenience store where he went inside, reported he’d been shot and collapsed.

Emmerson appeared before a judge in Clinton Wednesday and was told to be back in court Oct. 2.

Although Carle Hospital had no information on Allison, Shofner said earlier he is expected to survive his injuries.

mschenk@news-gazette.com

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