A 26-year-old Alton man who pleaded guilty to aggravated battery in April has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison. Demarlo A. Matlock (pictured) of the 2,300 block of Edmond Street in Alton, was originally charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful possession of weapons by a felon. He was recently allowed to plead guilty to the lesser charge, and prosecutors are bemoaning the fact that there was little witness cooperation.
Matlock shot 23-year-old Paul Perry of the 400 block of Vine in Alton following an argument. Matlock is on parloe, and is also known in some circles as Clinton J.C. Buford. Perry suffered non life-threatening gunshot wounds to the upper body. 24-year-old Dennis Perry, of the 700 block of Vine Avenue, was charged with obstructing justice. Police believe he saw what happened, but claimed he was not there when Matlock pulled the trigger. Police say there is an ongoing feud between the two families. Matlock will receive credit for time served in the Madison County Jail- 116 days.