• Shobonier teen charged as adult in Vandalia shooting

    by  • March 17, 2014 • News

    A 15-year-old Shobonier teen was charged as an adult Monday in Fayette County court, with the Feb. 3, shooting in Vandalia of another male teen.

    Nathan T. Wiseman has been held in the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center since the incident in a Vandalia residence, in which another teen suffered a non-fatal gunshot  wound to the chest.

    According to Fayette County Assistant State’s Attorney Amanda Ade Harlow, Wiseman is accused of the non-fatal shooting the other boy in the chest with a 32 caliber revolver.

    Harlow says because of the violent nature of the shooting_arrestallegations against Wiseman, the law prohibits her from charging him as a juvenile.

    He is charged with Class X felony aggravated battery through the discharge of a weapon — punishable by between 6 and 30 years in prison — and Class 1 felony aggravated discharge of a firearm in the direction of a person.

    Bail for Wiseman was set Monday at $25,000, with 10 percent cash to apply. If he is able to post bond, he will first have to be outfitted with an electronic home monitoring device, or ankle bracelet, before being released.

    According to reports, Vandalia police and Fayette County deputies responded to a Vandalia home on the afternoon of Monday, Feb. 3, on a report of a juvenile suffering a gunshot wound to the chest.

    The victim was taken to the Fayette County Hospital, but was transferred to a St. Louis area hospital, where he underwent surgery.

    Wiseman was subsequently arrested and charged in connection with the shooting and transported to the juvenile detention center in Madison County.

    He is next scheduled in court on Wednesday for a status hearing. If he is able to post $2,500 bond, he will then have to return on Thursday, as well, to finalize the fitting of an ankle bracelet.

    Springfield attorney Monroe McWard is representing Wiseman. McWard represented another Fayette County teen Clifford Baker, who was convicted in 2011 of the 2010 shooting deaths of his Loogootee neighbors Deborah Tish and John Mahon while they slept. Baker was 15 at the time of their murders and was sentenced to two life terms, plus 90 years.