15-year sentence for man who fired gun into Naperville crowd on Thanksgiving

  • Dion Knight

    Dion Knight

Updated 4/15/2019 5:01 PM

An Aurora man who opened fire at a group of people in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving 2016 outside a Naperville apartment complex was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison.

Dion Knight, 32, of the 800 block of North Commonwealth Avenue, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery, including the discharge of a firearm, in January.


Prosecutors said that about 2 a.m. Nov. 24, Knight drove through an apartment complex parking lot on Fairway Drive and began shooting at a group of people. He is accused of shooting one person in the chest and causing nonlife-threatening injuries before fleeing the area.

Knight has remained in custody at the DuPage County Jail on $300,000 bail since his arrest.

"This afternoon, (Knight) learned that his violent actions of Nov. 24, 2016, have earned him a 15-year prison sentence," DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said in a written statement. "Thankfully, the injuries sustained by the victim, while serious, were not life threatening."

Knight will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole.

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