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Centralia Man Enters Plea in Centralia Shooting

August 30, 2016

A 26-year-old Centralia man has pleaded guilty to aggravated discharge of a firearm into an occupied vehicle in connection with a shooting in Centralia last September.

Charles Collins entered the plea in Marion County Court Monday morning in exchange for two Class X felony charges of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm dropped.

The charges stem from the shooting of Fernando Calcutt of Centralia in the right arm near the 4th and Linden intersection in Centralia. Collins reportedly fired the shots at Calcutt while hanging out the passenger window of s car after Calcutt had just pulled into a driveway.

A jury was scheduled to be selected Monday to hear the charges against Collins. An open sentencing hearing has been scheduled for October 4th at 1 pm.

Collins had been arrested on the charges in March went he was located by the US Marshals Service in Grand Rapids Michigan.

Centralia Police Chief Doug Krutsinger earlier identified Collins as the man injured in the August 23rd shooting in the Maulding Drive area that resulted in the death of his friend, 24-year-old Dustin Ryhnes of Irvington. That shooting remains under an investigation being headed by State Police.

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