Friday, October 18, 2019
Glendale Heights Man Sentenced to Six Years in Shooting at Stratford Square Mall
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that a Glendale Heights man accused of shooting a loss prevention officer at the Burlington Coat Factory store at Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale has been sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Keonte Griffin, 24 (d.o.b. 11/14/1994) of 366 Thorncliff Drive, entered a plea of guilty this morning to one count of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm (Class X Felony) in front of Judge Jeffrey MacKay, who handed down the sentence.
At approximately 1:28 p.m., June 12, 2018, officers with the Bloomingdale Police Department were dispatched to the Stratford Square Mall for a report of shots fired. Upon their arrival, officers found the Loss Prevention Officer and victim sitting at the store with both men suffering from gunshot wounds. The Loss Prevention Officer had been shot once in the shoulder and the defendant had been shot once through his hand and into his thigh. An investigation into the shooting revealed that prior to the arrival of police, the victim had escorted Griffin from the store after Griffin urinated into a bottle while in a changing room and then kicked the bottle over in the changing room, spilling the contents. When Griffin attempted to return to the store and was denied entry, he pulled a loaded gun and shot the victim. A brief struggle ensued resulting in Griffin being shot. Both men received treatment for their injuries. The following day, Griffin appeared in Bond Court where bond was set at $750,000 with 10% to apply. He has been in custody at the DuPage County Jail since that time.
“This afternoon, Mr. Griffin accepted responsibility for shooting an unarmed Loss Prevention Officer at Stratford Square Mall last summer,” Berlin said. “Thankfully, the injuries sustained by the Loss Prevention Officer were not life threatening and he has since recovered. Thanks to his efforts, Mr. Griffin was detained at the scene until police arrived and no other innocent people were injured. I would like to thank the Bloomingdale Police Department for their quick response to this incident. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Amanda Meindl for her efforts in preparing a strong case against Mr. Griffin.”
Griffin will be required to serve 85% of his sentence before being eligible for parole.