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Bail set at $500,000 for shooting defendant

Octavius L. Zackery
Octavius L. Zackery

MORRISON – Bail was set Thursday at $500,000 for a Sterling man charged with shooting another man in the hip during an argument earlier this month.

Octavius L. Zackery, 35, appeared via closed-circuit TV. He is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm, aggravated unlawful use of weapons, and possession of a firearm without a Firearm Owner's Identification Card, a misdemeanor.

The most serious charge, aggravated battery with a firearm, is punishable by 6 to 30 years in prison.

His preliminary hearing is Thursday.

Zackery was arrested Wednesday morning in Chicago by the U.S. Marshals Service.

About 9:32 p.m. Nov. 17, police were called to Sixth Avenue and East Fifth Street on a report of shots fired and found a 29-year-old Sterling man, apparently intoxicated, who had been shot in the hip. He was taken to CGH Medical Center, where he was treated then checked himself out, police said.

According to the criminal complaint filed Thursday, Zackery shot the man with a black pistol. Police found a 9mm bullet casing at the scene.

Police said the men are acquaintances, but have not yet said why they were arguing. They have said they do not think the shooting was gang-related.

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