Webster sentenced in 2015 shooting


Walter Webster was sentenced to 16 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for shooting his former employer during a dispute in a parking lot along First Avenue in Coal City.
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Staff report

A Romeoville man agreed to a plea deal that will find him spending the next few years behind bars.
    Walter L. Webster was sentenced to 16 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for shooting his former employer during a dispute in a parking lot along First Avenue in Coal City.
    The 30-year-old appeared in Grundy County Circuit Court on Thursday, April 13, where he entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.  He had been charged with two counts of attempted murder.
    On the evening of April 1, 2015, Coal City Police were sent to TD Pete’s Shell gas station in the 700 block of East Division Street, for a report of a collision near one of the gas pumps. About the same time, police received calls regarding shots fired.
    While en route to the gas station, officers were informed that a male subject in a silver Dodge Ram pickup truck was bleeding. When they arrived, its was determined the pickup truck driver, Aden Fierro, had been shot.
    Fierro, the owner of Horse Shoe Transportation Inc., had employed Webster as an over-the-road truck driver. The two men were at parking lot used by semi-truck drivers  when a disagreement resulted in shots being fired. Fierro was able to drive out of the lot, but went into the station parking lot where he collided with an unoccupied vehicle.
    Based on information provided by Fierro and witnesses, a warrant was issued for Webster. He turned himself over to police one week later at the Grundy County Jail and posted $100,000 bail.
    Webster is required to serve 85 percent of the sentence. Upon his release will have three years of mandatory supervised release. Additionally, he is required to pay restitution of $30,334, court costs totaling $357 and a DNA fee of $250. His bond will be applied to the court ordered payment and fees.