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Normal man gets 10 years in prison for shooting man in head

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BLOOMINGTON — A Normal man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday on a charge of aggravated discharge of a firearm.

Dcamron D. King, 31, was initially charged with two counts each of attempted murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm, and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, but five of the charges were dismissed.

Dcamron King

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King shot Myrone Simmons, 30, of Bloomington, in the head on June 7, 2020, in Normal.

Simmons’ injuries included bleeding between his brain and skull, brain bruising, nasal fractures and a laceration, McLean County Assistant State’s Attorney Aaron Fredrick said during a sentencing hearing.

The McLean County state’s attorney’s office asked for a 10-year sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections, the maximum term eligible for the case.

Normal man charged with attempted first-degree murder

King, who has spent 356 days in the McLean County jail, pleaded guilty to the single charge of aggravated discharge of a firearm on April 15.

His attorney, Hugh Toner, of Peoria, asked Judge William Yoder to consider a probation sentence. He said King suffers a mental health illness, and that he turned himself in to police after learning of a warrant for his arrest.

Yoder said a 10-year sentence was necessary, and also as a deterrent effect to others.


From 2015 to 2016, murder and non-negligent manslaughter rates in the United States went up 8.4%, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Here is a look at the cities with the highest murder rates in the country.

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