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West Chicago teen sentenced to 6 years for July 2013 shooting

Published: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 6:03 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 6:07 p.m. CDT

WEST CHICAGO – A West Chicago teen convicted of shooting an unarmed man in July 2013 and prosecuted as an adult was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday, a spokesman for the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office said.

Juan Calderon, 16, of the 1900 block of Gates Street, shot an 18-year-old man in the shoulder after encountering him and an acquaintance at about 1:30 p.m. July 2, 2013, on Blakely Street between Blair and Stimmel streets, Suburban Life Media previously reported. The group had entered into a verbal altercation before Calderon pulled a handgun on the two men, fired and fled the scene.

The injury sustained by the 18-year-old was not life threatening.

West Chicago police officers who were on patrol nearby heard the gunfire and headed to the scene, apprehending Calderon after a brief chase.

Calderon was charged with one count of aggravated battery with a firearm and remained in custody on $500,000 bond since his arrest, spokesman Paul Darrah said.

He must serve 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole. He will receive credit for the 310 days he already has served, Darrah said.

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