Devonne L. Montgomery, 22, of the 1100 block of Kane Street in South Elgin, was sentenced Thursday to eight years' imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections by Circuit Judge John A. Barsanti.
A Kane County jury on April 27 convicted Montgomery of a class X felony aggravated battery with a firearm.
According to Kane County prosecutors, at about 1:50 a.m. Oct. 18, 2015, a tow-truck driver attempted to remove a car that was unlawfully parked in a lot in the 1200 block of Fleetwood Drive in Elgin. After the car had been hoisted onto the tow truck's boom, a man approached the driver and his coworker, had car keys and asked that the vehicle not be towed. The tow-truck driver agreed, lowered the car and unhooked it from the truck. As the man and the driver talked, Montgomery approached and began shouting about not towing the car. The driver replied that he would not tow the car and told Montgomery to mind his own business. Montgomery then pulled a Beretta 9mm handgun from his waistband and shot the driver in the left shoulder. As the driver ran to the tow truck, Montgomery fired a second shot at him but missed.
The driver suffered a broken scapula, clavicle and nicked lung. He has had multiple surgeries and continues to recover.
According to Illinois law, Montgomery must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence. He was given credit for 606 days served in the Kane County jail, where he has been held since his arrest in lieu of $250,000 bail. Bond was revoked upon conviction.