McLean County (HOI) -- A jury has convicted the first of three suspects in the fatal shooting of Juan Nash.
Scotty Allen, 19, of Bloomington was convicted of first-degree murder Friday, in connection with the April 2019 shooting of Nash at an outdoor party in the 1200 block of Orchard Road.
Allen's trial began Monday. He was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm and mob action.
After seven hours of deliberation, the jury convicted Allen of all three charges.
Prosecutors argued that Allen shot and killed Nash as revenge because he blamed Nash's brother for the death of his friend.
McLean County State's Attorney Don Knapp released this statement on the jury's verdict:
With the jury out more than seven hours, there is no doubt that they poured over every detail of this case and we thank them for their time and service. If it were not for the thorough and complete investigation conducted by the Bloomington Police Department, justice for the family of Juan Nash could not have been obtained. We are incredibly thankful for the outstanding work of Lead Detective Bierbaum and the entire Bloomington Police Department. They continue to make bringing those intent on obtaining illegal firearms and using those illegal firearms to settle disputes their highest priority. Similarly, the efforts of First Assistant State’s Attorney Brad Rigdon and Assistant State’s Attorney Aaron Fredrick were, in a word, exemplary. Our community is beyond fortunate to have so many dedicated professionals protect us by running toward the bullets every day.Don Knapp, McLean County State's Attorney
Allen's sentencing is set for August 28.
The regular 20-40 year sentence is enhanced in this case because the murder was done at the same as another offense, which in this case was reckless discharge of a firearm.
As a result, Allen is looking at 45 to 84 years behind bars.
Amari McNabb, 21, and Exodus Hebert, 19, are also facing murder charges in connection to Nash's death.
Their trials have not yet been set, but both are scheduled to appear in court on June 24 for a status hearing.