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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Monday, April 15, 2019

Man who Opened Fire into Thanksgiving Day Crowd Sentenced to 15 Years

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that a Naperville man accused of opening fire at a group of people in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving Day, 2016, has been sentenced to fifteen years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Dion Knight, 32 (d.o.b. 2/2/1987) of 823 N. Commonwealth Avenue, appeared in Court this afternoon in front of Judge George Bakalis, who handed down the sentence. On January 11, 2019, Knight entered a plea of guilty to one count of Aggravated Battery – Discharge of a Firearm, a Class X Felony.

On November 24, 2016, at approximately 2 a.m., Knight was in his vehicle driving through a parking lot of an apartment complex located on Fairway Drive in Naperville. As he drove through the parking lot, Knight opened fire at a group of people, striking one victim in the upper right chest. Following the shooting, Knight fled the scene. An investigation conducted by the Naperville Police Department led to Knight. He has remained in custody at the DuPage County Jail on a bond of $300,000 with 10% to apply since his arrest.

“This afternoon, Mr. Knight learned that his violent actions of November 24, 2016, have earned him a fifteen-year prison sentence,” Berlin said. “Thankfully, the injuries sustained by the victim, while serious, were not life threatening. I would like to thank the Naperville Police Department, for their fine work on this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Kristin Johnston for her efforts on this case.”

Knight will be required to serve 85% of his sentence before being eligible for parole.