State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that the first of two adults charged
with attempting to steal a vehicle from the garage of a Downers Grove residence
has been sentenced to twelve years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Lamourice
Shepherd, 22 (d.o.b. 9/23/1998) of Chicago, appeared in court this morning
where he entered a plea of guilty to one count of Attempt Vehicular Hijacking,
a Class 1 Felony in front of Judge Daniel Guerin, who handed down the sentence.
Last summer, two juveniles each entered a plea of guilty to their roles in the
incident and received sentences of an indeterminate period of time not to
exceed their twenty-first birthday in the Illinois Department of Juvenile
Justice. A fourth man allegedly involved, Carlos Hendricks, 22 (d.o.b.
1/7/1999) of Chicago is currently in custody in the DuPage County Jail awaiting
trial which is scheduled for June 21, 2021.
On February 6, 2020, at approximately 4:15 a.m., Downers Grove Police
Department officers responded to a call of “shots fired” on the 7400 block of
Webster. An investigation into the matter alleges that an occupant of the
residence was warming up their car when they observed through the front window
a vehicle stopped in front of the home with its headlights off. It is alleged
that two occupants of the vehicle, which was reported stolen out of Chicago,
then exited the vehicle and began walking up the driveway of the victim’s house
toward the car that was warming up. It is alleged that at this time, two
residents of the home exited their house and confronted the two men. It is
further alleged that the men then returned to their vehicle and that one of the
juveniles who was an occupant of the vehicle pointed a gun at a female resident
of the home and fired one shot in her direction. It is alleged that the vehicle
then fled the scene. A short time later, a Darien police officer observed the
vehicle allegedly involved in the matter and attempted to stop the vehicle at
75th and Cass in Darien. The vehicle allegedly refused to stop and
the Darien Police officer continued his pursuit. It is alleged that the vehicle
entered northbound I-55 at which time the Illinois State Police continued
pursuit. It is further alleged that the vehicle exited the expressway and
crashed at Martin Luther King Drive in Chicago. The occupants of the vehicle, Shepherd,
Hendricks and the two juveniles were taken into custody at this time. Police
also recovered two handguns.
morning, Mr. Shepherd took responsibility for his actions on the morning of
February 6, 2020,” Berlin said. “Violent crimes as alleged in this case can
shake a community to its core, leaving residents on edge and worried for their personal
safety. Thankfully, through the outstanding efforts of all the law enforcement agencies
involved, three of those involved have admitted their guilt and a fourth man
allegedly involved is awaiting trial. I would like to thank Assistant State’s
Attorneys Joe Lindt and Rob Willis for their efforts in ensuring that Mr.
Shepherd will answer for his crimes.”
“I would like to thank the officers of the Downers Grove
Police Department for their exceptional teamwork and dedicated service to the
Downers Grove community throughout this investigation,” Gillette said. “I would
also like to thank the Darien Police Department, Illinois State Police, and the
DuPage County State's Attorney's Office for their assistance."
Shepherd will be required to serve 50%
of his sentence before being eligible for parole.
of the public are reminded that the complaint against Hendricks contains only
charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed
innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden
to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.