Mt. Vernon man sentenced to 25 years for 2019 shooting

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A 31-year-old Mt. Vernon man was sentenced Thursday in Jefferson County Court to 25-years in prison for a shooting last summer that sent one person to the hospital with injuries.

Calvin Webster

Calvin Webster pleaded guilty in October to a Class X felony charge of aggravated battery with a firearm in exchange for four Class X felonies for attempted murder, armed violence, being an armed habitual criminal and aggravated battery through the discharge of a firearm being dismissed.

Webster pleaded guilty to the one charge just shortly before his case was to go before a jury.

Records show that on June 4, 2019, Mt. Vernon police responded to a shooting in the 2300 block of Perkins that resulted in one person suffering injuries.

An investigation into the shooting resulted in a warrant being issued for Webster’s arrest.

He ultimately turned himself in a week later and his bail was set at $350,000. Webster has remained in the Jefferson County Jail since his June 2019 arrest.

Webster had previously turned himself into Jefferson County authorities in connection with a 2014 shooting incident that sent one person to the hospital with a gunshot wound.

Charges, in that case, were ultimately dismissed but not before Webster filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Mt. Vernon and the Mt. Vernon Police Department claiming his Fourteenth Amendment rights had been violated and seeking a $50,000 judgment.

A federal judge eventually dismissed his case with prejudice and ruled in favor of the City and the police department.