Mt. Vernon Register-News

May 10, 2012

Wells pleads guilty to first degree murder for Ellis shooting


MT. VERNON — Christopher Wells has pleaded guilty to first degree murder for his part in the shooting death of Charles Ellis.

Wells, 16, was charged as an adult with first-degree murder in connection with the death of American Cab driver Charles Ellis, who was killed in the early morning hours of May 31, 2011, at the corner of Sixth and Bell streets.

According to Jefferson County State’s Attorney Douglas Hoffman, Wells entered an open plea of guilty and will be sentenced at a later date. Under statute, the sentencing for first degree murder is between 20 and 60 years, with truth in sentencing requirements that he serve 100 percent of his sentence.

Terms of the plea agreement are that Wells is to fully cooperate with law enforcement and the State’s Attorney’s Office in the prosecution of the three co-defendants in the case. Wells has agreed to testify at the trials if he is asked.

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