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The man police say shot another man in a drug deal gone wrong is behind bars and being held on a $25,000 bond.

Billy Jackson, 32, of Racine, was charged in Racine County Circuit Court Thursday with one felony count each of attempted first degree intentional homicide, armed robbery, and possession of a firearm by a felon as well as a single misdemeanor county of resisting or obstructing an officer. If convicted, he faces up to 125 years, nine months in jail and/or up to $185,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, Mount Pleasant police were called at 11:47 p.m. Dec. 4 to a home in the 2200 block of Mead Street for a report of a shooting. When officers arrived, they found a man with a single gunshot wound to the chest who was being prepped for transport to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.

Police say when they interviewed the man, he told them he received a call from a man who wanted to purchase a quantity of marijuana. The buyer arrived at the man’s house and the transaction was completed without incident. Later, the man said there was another knock at the door, and a second individual – later identified as Jackson – inquired about buying some marijuana. When the man quoted the price, Jackson said he didn’t have the money and left without making a purchase.

Jackson returned to the residence a short time later, and when the man opened the door, Jackson forced himself inside and a struggle took place, the complaint reads. Jackson shot the man in the chest at close range and then stole a quantity of marijuana and some lottery tickets off the man’s coffee table.

The man did chase Jackson outside and observed the defendant drive away in a light-colored car. Police say the man contacted his family who then called 911.

Jackson remains in the Racine County Jail on a $25,000 bond. His next court appearance is Jan. 8.