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Decatur 16-year-old to be charged as adult on home invasion charges

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Graham, Shabazz, Theus, Austin

Clockwise, top left: Raymond T. Graham, Rahiam A. Shabazz, Byron D. Theus, Dondrion L. Austin.

DECATUR — A Decatur teen will be charged as an adult for a series of home invasions when he appears with four other adult defendants in Macon County Circuit Court on Wednesday for preliminary hearings.

Mikhail D. Gordon, 16, who has been held in the Peoria County Juvenile Detention Center, faces preliminary charges of home invasion causing injury and three counts of home invasion involving use of a firearm.

He is also charged with two counts of armed robbery while armed with a firearm, two counts of armed violence, one count of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, three counts of aggravated battery using a deadly weapon, aggravated possession of stolen firearms and residential burglary.

The detention center does not release any inmate information, a spokeswoman has previously said, which would include a booking photo. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The other defendants are Raymond D. Graham, 24, Rahiam A. Shabazz and Dondrion L. Austin, both 18, and 19-year-old Byron D. Theus. Theus faces similar charges to Gordon, while Graham, Austin and Shabazz are charged with home invasion, armed robbery, residential burglary and multiple counts of aggravated kidnapping involving the use of a firearm.

Affidavits: Couple attacked during Decatur home invasions that netted 4 teen arrests

All of the charges against all the defendants stem from three home invasions in Decatur on the night of Nov. 20. During the crimes, a sworn affidavit from Decatur police said, victims were beaten and hit with guns, and one young child had a gun barrel shoved inside his mouth and was threatened with execution unless his grandfather gave up the location of money and weapons.

The police affidavit said four of the accused were captured by police as they fled a house in the 400 block of North 33rd Street and the fifth one, Graham, was found and arrested Dec. 4.

Commenting Monday, Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott said his office had filed a petition seeking to transfer Gordon to adult court, and Macon County Circuit Court Judge James Coryell granted the petition Dec. 13.

Scott said he could not comment on his reason for seeking the transfer.

2018 mug shots from the Herald & Review

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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