An East Peoria man was convicted last week, this time in federal court, for a gun attack on an East Peoria home.
Tyler Davis, 25, pleaded guilty Thursday to unlawful transportation of firearms as a felon. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 20.
It could be a longer term than the nine years he received from a Tazewell County judge in December 2016 for allegedly firing shots with another man into a Chicago Street home the previous July. The two retaliated against firework explosions by the home’s residents that they claimed were shots fired at them, prosecutors argued.
Davis’ case took a twist when his judge allowed him to withdraw his guilty plea to aggravated discharge of a firearm into an occupied house. County prosecutors replied by charging him with the more serious crime of armed violence.
Defense attorney Gary Morris of Peoria argued that amounted to “vindictive prosecution” in a motion to dismiss the new charge. Just before a state court ruling on the motion, prosecutors dismissed the new charge, and the federal charge was filed.
Davis’ co-defendant, Anton Grayson of Peoria, was sentenced to five years in state prison after a judge found him guilty of possessing a firearm as a felon but innocent of aggravated discharge.
Tyler’s prior criminal record and federal sentencing guidelines will determine his minimum and maximum punishment range before his sentence hearing. He remains in custody.