Man wanted in Rantoul shooting to be arraigned

RANTOUL — A former Rantoul man wanted for a 2011 shooting in that village has been arrested in southern Illinois.

Jyshawn Jonte Jackson, 21, was arraigned Thursday in Champaign County Circuit Court on charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm that were lodged against him two days after the July 13, 2011, incident in the parking lot of the Colonial Liquors Store, 219 S. Maplewood Drive.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Larson said after being shot, Dwayne Perkins, 32, came in the store and collapsed from multiple gunshot wounds to his arms and legs. He was released from the hospital after two days of treatment. He and Jackson were described as regular customers of the store.

Larson said Perkins identified Jackson to police as his assailant. A warrant for his arrest was issued two days after the shooting and police have been looking for him since. He left the liquor store in a car.

Judge Richard Klaus declined to reduce the bond, which was set at $1 million in 2011. Klaus told Jackson to be back in court May 23 with his own attorney.

Attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm are both Class X felonies. Because Perkins sustained great bodily harm, the penalties could be as high as 80 years in prison if Jackson is convicted.

Jackson was arrested in Murphysboro on April 6 and was returned to Champaign County from Jackson County this week.

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