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Niles Man Pleads Guilty In 2021 Pana Shooting

A Niles man has pleaded guilty to aggravated battery with a firearm in Christian County Court Friday.  22-year-old Jacob R. Mariacher, plead guilty to the class X felony from an incident that occurred on March 14th, 2021 near the intersection of 200 North Road and 2350 East Road in Pana.  


According to Christian County State’s Attorney Wes Poggenpohl, Officers from the Pana Police Department and the Illinois State Police conducted an investigation into the shooting which led to the arrest of Mariacher in Taylorville. 


Mariacher was located in possession of the firearm that was used during the incident and he was prohibited from possessing a firearm based on a prior conviction of a felony. The victim, a minor, sustained non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the gunshot wound, and Mariacher will be sentenced on May 26th, 2022 at the Christian County Courthouse. At 1:15 PM.


Aggravated Battery with a Firearm is a Class X felony, which is non-probational.  The sentencing range will be from 6-30 years in the Department of Corrections served at 85%. It also carries 3 years parole or mandatory supervised release. 

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