BATAVIA – An Aurora man is headed to prison after shooting a teenager in the drive-though lane of a Steak 'n Shake in Batavia in February 2018.
Terry W. Hunter, 29, of the 1200 block of Yellow Pine Drive, Aurora, on Thursday agreed to a sentence of 16 years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea to the felony offense of armed violence. Kane County Circuit Judge Donald Tegeler Jr. accepted the plea.
Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Christine Bayer stated in court that the evening of Feb. 20, 2018, Hunter was behind another car in the drive-through lane of the Steak 'n Shake restaurant, 1901 McKee St., according to a news release from the Kane County State's Attorney's Office.
He became upset at the length of his wait, drove around the restaurant and then cut in front of the car that had been in front of him, the release stated. The victim of the shooting was a 17-year-old Carol Stream resident, who suffered a gunshot wound to his upper left leg, according to a release at the time from the Batavia Police Department.
The victim was treated and released at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva, police said. Batavia police were alerted to the incident through the hospital staff.
The victim of the shooting told police that while he was parked in the drive-through lane, there was a verbal altercation between the occupants in his vehicle and an occupant of a red sedan.
As a result of the altercation, the victim alleged that someone inside the red vehicle fired numerous shots at him, striking him once. The red vehicle attempted to leave the parking lot, but lost control and struck another vehicle that was parked and unoccupied before it finally exited the lot, Batavia police said.
The offending vehicle sustained moderate damage to the front passenger bumper and fender and was located several hours later in the 1000 block of Lorlyn Circle, police said.
At the time of the incident, he was in possession of a loaded handgun. Hunter threw the gun away as he fled from the scene, the release stated. He did not have a Firearm Owners Identification card.
In accordance with Illinois law, Hunter is eligible for day-for-day sentencing. He receives credit for 624 days served in the Kane County jail, where he has been held since his arrest in lieu of $1 million bail.