DECATUR — Preston Hyde faces the prospect of spending the next half century behind bars after he was convicted of attempted murder Thursday in Macon County Circuit Court.
A jury came back after three hours of deliberations and found the Decatur man guilty of shooting and wounding Bruce Green four times on April 13.
Hyde was also convicted on two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm.
Hyde, 30, who is being held in the Macon County Jail, is due to be sentenced Jan. 19. The attempted murder charge, a Class X felony, carries a maximum 30-year sentence with a 25-year enhancement for using a firearm.
Bruce Green told the jurors during his testimony Wednesday he was shot twice in the body, once in the thigh and once in the arm as he sat in the back of a vehicle in the 400 block of East Orchard Street.
Green, his wife and another woman had gone to the assistance of Hyde’s pregnant girlfriend, who is also Green’s niece, after the “hysterical” woman had asked for help during an argument with Hyde.
Hyde chose not to testify in his own defense. Defense attorney Scott Rueter tried to convince the jury it was a case of mistaken identity and that Hyde was not the shooter.
Hyde’s mother Celestine Hyde and his sister, Jolinique Hyde testified that they had picked him up from near his girlfriend’s home hours before the shooting, which had happened about 11 a.m. They said he was babysitting a relative’s children at the family’s home when the shooting happened.
But Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott cast doubt on the alibi, telling the jury Hyde’s mother and sister had not even mentioned this story until October.
Scott also put Bruce Green on the stand, and Green said he had known Hyde for seven years and had no doubt who had shot him. Green has made a full recovery but said one of the bullets remains lodged in his body for life.
Judge James Coryell set a sentencing hearing for Jan. 19.