A Round Lake Beach man was sentenced to five years in prison for shooting at another man during a 2020 drug deal that went bad in Park City.
The Park City Police Department responded to a residence in July 2020 for a report of shots fired.
Officers received information that a vehicle pulled up to the residence, fired eight gunshots at the home and drove off, according to a police report.
Police searched the area but were unable to locate the offending vehicle.
Nine shell casings and a small amount of marijuana were recovered at the scene, the report said.
Eight rounds struck the residence and one round struck a parked vehicle.
A witness identified a man that was involved in the incident, the report said.
During questioning, the man told officers that he contacted another man, later identified as Joel Hernandez, 24, of Round Lake Beach, to purchase Xanax and marijuana for himself and another friend.
The man said that Hernandez arrived at the drug deal and took the money out of his friend’s hands and the friend took the marijuana out of Hernandez’s hand.
Hernandez then pulled out a gun and started to shoot, the report said. No one was injured.
Detectives were able to identify Hernandez as the shooter one week later and responded to his Round Lake Beach residence.
They observed Hernandez leaving his residence in the same vehicle involved in the shooting.
Hernandez was pulled over and arrested.
He told police that the incident was a “drug deal gone wrong.”
Hernandez said the other men in the drug deal were trying to rob him, so he got mad and started shooting, according to the report.
Police recovered the gun used in the shooting and also found drug paraphernalia, ammunition and cocaine.
Hernandez did not have a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card or a concealed carry permit.
Hernandez was charged with four counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm, one count of manufacture or delivery 1-15 grams of cocaine, two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
Hernandez pleaded guilty earlier this month to one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm and prosecutors dismissed the other charges, court records show.
A judge sentenced Hernandez to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. He received credit for 237 days served in jail.
Hernandez is also required to pay court fines and fees, records show.