Man shot in officer-involved shooting near Viola pleads guilty to federal firearms charges
SHERRARD, Illinois — A Sherrard man who was shot by an officer in 2018 has pleaded guilty to federal firearms charges.
Online court records show that 29-year-old Donovan C. Smith entered his guilty plea on Tuesday, April 23.
In June of 2018 Smith was shot when authorities in Mercer County were conducting a drugs and firearms investigation in rural Viola, Illinois. Smith sustained non-life-threatening injuries from the gunshot wound.
Smith was set to be sentenced on August 29 at 11:30 a.m. in Peoria.
Another man involved in the incident is serving a 15-year prison sentence. Alex T. Cady, was arrested after the officer-involved shooting and later pleaded guilty to armed violence. Cady filed an appeal to withdraw his guilty plea in April of 2019.