Jury convicts Mt. Vernon man on 3 of 5 counts in double-shooting case

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A Jefferson County jury found a 45-year-old Mt. Vernon man guilty on three of five counts Friday in a 2020 case charging him in connection with a double shooting last summer.

Alvin C Smallwood was charged in Jefferson County Court with four Class X felonies – two for aggravated battery through the discharge of a firearm and two for armed violence – along with one Class 2 felony for being a felon in possession of a firearm with a prior conviction.

The jury deliberated less than three hours Friday and found Smallwood guilty of the two Class X armed violence charges and the Class 2 felon in possession of a firearm charge but not guilty on the two aggravated battery charges.

Jefferson County State’s Attorney Sean Featherstun said, “The jury saw this for what it was, a criminally reckless act by a man with a firearm.”

He commented that his office is happy that justice was served for the victims, and they  thank Detective Sergeant Jeremy Reichert of the Mt. Vernon Police Department and the other officers who assisted on the case.

According to the Mt. Vernon Police Department, they responded that July afternoon to a report of shots fired and a person lying on the ground in the 2800 block of College.

Mt. Vernon police officers and Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies, along with medical personnel from the Mt Vernon Fire Department and Litton’s Ambulance responded to the area.

Upon officer’s arrival, it was determined two people had been struck by gunfire and transported from the scene by personal vehicles.

Both victims were transported to local hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Prosecutors on Thursday presented a long list of evidence in the case including police bodycam video, bloody clothing, shell casings, and gunshot residue test results.

In an unusual defense move, Smallwood took the stand Thursday and provided testimony in the case against him.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 1.