Danville man gets 16 years in 2013 shooting death at Fair Oaks

Danville man gets 16 years in 2013 shooting death at Fair Oaks

DANVILLE — A 24-year-old Danville man is heading back to prison in connection with the shooting death of a Chicago man at the Fair Oaks public housing complex about 5 years ago.

Circuit Judge Nancy Fahey sentenced Raymond Collins Jr. to 16 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the February 2013 death of Deandre R. Dunbar.

Special Prosecutor Steve Nate, with the Illinois attorney general's office, said that Collins will have to serve 50 percent of his sentence. Collins, who had been locked up in the county jail since his arrest on April 13, 2016, was also credited for time served behind bars.

Shortly before 11 p.m. on Feb. 5, 2013, Danville police were called to the 900 block of Lewis Lane in Fair Oaks for a report of shots fired. When they arrived, they found Mr. Dunbar lying on the ground.

Dunbar, who would have turned 24 a week later, was taken to a Danville hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival. He died from a single gunshot wound.

Witnesses told police that a confrontation involving several people, including Collins and Christopher K. Echols, escalated into the shooting.

About 2 weeks following Mr. Dunbar's death, Collins, who was on parole at that time, was charged with one count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon in connection with an incident that occurred on Feb. 21, 2013. He pleaded guilty to the charge that September and was sentenced to six years in prison.

When Collins was released on parole in April 2016, he was taken into custody on a warrant charging him with Mr. Dunbar's murder.

Collins and Echols, 30, of Danville, each faced six counts of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting.

On April 4, Echols pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful use of a weapon and obstruction of justice and was sentenced to five years for each charge with the terms to be served concurrently. He could be released on parole on Dec. 24, 2019.

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