RACINE — Jmontae Bogan, a Racine man charged in connection to an alleged July 2019 attempted homicide, was found not guilty at trial on March 6.
Bogan, 22, was accused of firing a handgun multiple times from an alley in Racine. Prosecutors said a bicyclist and a 14-year-old girl who was standing at a nearby street corner indicated they were hit by the bullets. He was found not guilty on all four charges related to the incident:
- Attempted first-degree intentional homicide, repeater, use of a dangerous weapon
- First degree recklessly endangering safety, repeater, use of a dangerous weapon
- First-degree reckless injury, repeater, use of a dangerous weapon
- Possession of a firearm by a felon, repeater
According to a criminal complaint, police were called out to the area near Hilker Place and 11th Street in Racine on July 30, where they learned the 14-year-old girl was shot in the leg.
The victim said she went to a friend’s house on 11th Street and was standing at the corner of Hilker and 11th when she saw another person riding a bike. At one point, the chain popped off, and the 14-year-old girl said it appeared as though the bicyclist was trying to fix the chain. The bicyclist suddenly began to run towards the girl, and the complaint said the girl said she heard gunshots, and saw a man in an alley firing a handgun. She said she tried to run, but felt a sharp pain in her leg and fell. She was unable to stand due to the pain. She said the shooter ran up next to her and continued firing.
A witness who was with the girl corroborated her statement.
The bicyclist was interviewed, and the complaint said he identified Bogan as the shooter. He said Bogan began shooting when the two were just feet apart. He said Bogan walked up to him, pulled the gun, pointed it at him, and the bicyclist then began to run, the complaint said. He indicated Bogan fired six to eight times. Nine spent casings were recovered at the scene. The bicyclist said he was “skimmed” by a bullet on his leg.