A McLean County jury has acquitted a Bloomington man of attempted murder charges in connection with a November 5th shooting on the city's east side. 19 year old Jake Williams was found not guilty of attempted murder, but was convicted on 5 other felony charges including aggravated battery with a firearm. Williams was charged with shooting Marcus Winlow during what police say appeared to be rival gang activity in the street on Orchard Avenue. The victim's mother initially named Williams as the suspect during police interviews, but later recanted her remarks saying in court her version was based on what others told her they had seen. She requested the charges be dropped. In a statement, McLean County States Attorney Jason Chambers says it was an extremely difficult case to prosecute without any cooperating witnesses. Williams faces from 6 to 30 years in prison on the firearms charge alone. Four others face charges in connection with a seperate shooting during the incident, including attempted murder charges against 25 year old Deandre Daniels.
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