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Crime & Courts

Elgin man sentenced for 2015 DeKalb party shooting

SYCAMORE – An Elgin man who pleaded guilty to attempted murder after a 2015 shooting near the Northern Illinois University campus has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Tristen D. Dortch, 28, pleaded guilty May 14. Prosecutors said in court that Dortch was at a party about 3:15 a.m. Sept. 6, 2015, in the 900 block of Regent Drive, DeKalb.

Dortch had traveled from Elgin for the party, and when a fight broke out, he took out a handgun and shot two victims, one eight times and the other once, according to a news release from the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Both victims survived. The one shot multiple times required emergency surgery and lost full use of his arm, according to the release.

After an investigation by DeKalb police, Dortch was arrested and charged. Dortch has three prior felony convictions in Kane County, including two for gun offenses.

Judge Robbin Stuckert sentenced Dortch to 15 years in prison June 6.

According to Illinois law, Dortch must serve at least 85% of the sentence.

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