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Springfield man pleads guilty in Jefferson City school bus shooting


A Springfield man pleaded guilty on Nov. 1 in a 2016 shooting involving a Jefferson City school bus.

Jermaine Gray pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance. He was originally charged with assault, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action.

The Jefferson City School District bus was full of students when it was hit by four gunshots in the 500 block of East Elm Street in April 2016, according to police. No one was hurt in the incident.

Gray was arrested and charged in 2016 in connection with the incident, along with Craig Hawkins and Royce Kemp.

Jefferson City police found the school bus was not the target of the gunfire in 2016. The bus got caught in the crossfire between two groups, police said.

Kemp pleaded guilty in February 2017 to second-degree assault. He was sentenced to 10 years in the Department of Corrections, according to online court records.

Gray was sentenced to five years of probation in the case.

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