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An Illinois Man 'Got the Crap Kicked Out of Him. Then, He Shot His Girlfriend's Ex-Boyfriend.

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Source: Champaign County Sheriff's Office; UNSPLASH

Feb. 5 2024, Published 12:02 p.m. ET

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An Illinois man called to a residence by his girlfriend after her ex-boyfriend showed up is now serving time behind bars, police said.

Noah Raices, 24, initially was freed on his own recognizance after he was charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm in connection with a shooting that occurred in Urbana, WCCU reported.

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“I’m taking a chance. I think I have a read here, but if you prove me wrong, it’s going to go really, really bad here,” Champaign County Judge Brett Olmstead told Raices during a hearing after the incident last February, according to The News-Gazette.

“Mr. Raices looks like he got the crap kicked out of him,” said the judge, who added, “Something about this factual basis stinks to high heaven.”

According to the station, the victim showed up at his former girlfriend's door at the Town & Country apartment complex and she called her current boyfriend, Raice.

Police said Raice was armed when he confronted the 28-year-old man.

Raice suffered lacerations to his face and a broken nose after he and the man scuffled over the firearm, according to Urbana police Sgt. Dave Roesch.

“There was a period of time where it appeared there was just a fight. After Raices received his injuries, the gun likely ended up on the ground and then Raices picked up the gun and fired another time, striking the victim in the chest,” Roesch said.

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The woman’s injured ex-boyfriend was able to identify Raice as the shooter, the officer noted.

Following the shooting, investigators believe Raice fled the scene in a car with his mother, who allegedly was behind the wheel.

“Our initial belief was that she knew enough to drive her son over there to confront someone,” Roesch said, according to The News-Gazette.

The victim survived his injuries.

“He’s lucky to be alive,” Roesch said.

The suspect’s mother was not charged with any wrongdoing in connection with the incident.

Raise recently received a sentence of eight years in prison after he agreed to plead guilty to aggravated battery with a firearm. In exchange, the state dismissed an attempted murder charge, The News-Gazette reported.

Raice had faced six to 30 years in prison if he had been found guilty of the original charges against him.


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