Racine man charged with gun possession after passenger shoots self in the leg

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A 22-year-old Racine man involved in a shooting last week in Union Grove was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with two criminal counts, including gun possession.

Anthony S. Berby faces a felony charge of possession of a firearm by a felon and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing an officer.

The felony carries a fine of $25,000 and 10 years in prison, while the misdemeanor carries a fine of $10,000 and nine months in the county jail. Berby is charged as a repeat offender for the misdemeanor, which could add two years to a potential jail sentence.

Court records indicate Berby has six previous criminal convictions, including felony burglary as a party to a crime and escape, both in 2015 in Racine.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police responded June 7 to the 1400 block of New Street in Union Grove, where they found a man who had been shot in the leg. The man stated that he and Berby had gone to Union Grove to buy drugs, and as they were driving, the defendant pulled the gun from his waistband and asked if he wanted to see it.

The man took the gun and proceeded to accidentally shoot himself in the leg. Berby left the scene on foot and hid the gun in some bushes, where it was later recovered.

When police found the defendant, he gave them a false name, which led to the obstruction charge.

Berby is due back in court for a preliminary hearing June 21 at 8:30 a.m.


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