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An Illinois man is facing up to 80 years in prison after he charged with attempted homicide for shooting a Racine man in October.

Michkal Blackman, 21, of Zion IL, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with attempted armed robbery and attempted first-degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon. If convicted of both charges, Blackman faces up to 80 years in prison and/or fines up to $50,000.

According to the criminal complaint, Blackman was trying to buy marijuana from a Racine resident who lives in the 18000 block of Boyd Avenue. Blackman had gone to the residence at 10 p.m. Oct. 5, but he started to act strangely. He went back to his car, turned around and pointed a gun at the man.

The man told officers with the Racine Police Department that he believed he was trying to steal the marijuana from him. Instead of turning it over, he ran back to the house. As he ran, Blackman shot the man in the buttocks. The man ran towards his apartment to have his girlfriend help him get up the stairs.

Blackman chased him but stopped after he saw his girlfriend. The man’s father then drove him to the hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch set a $50,000 cash bond for Blackman, who is being held at the Racine County Jail. A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. April 4.


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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.