Springfield Gang Member Sentenced for Mall Stabbing

Paul A. Davis – Age 31

Springfield, Illinois – On January 5, 2024, a member of the Boss Playa’s gang in Springfield was sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to Aggravated Battery, a class 3 felony.

According to reports on October 2, 2019, around 12:48 p.m., Springfield Police responded to a stabbing at White Oaks Mall located at 2501 Wabash Ave. The victim told police that he was in Finish Line when he saw Paul Davis, age 31, and Latronze Kelly, age 32, and Herman Gales, age 31, walking into the store and started trying to get him to fight. The victim said he tried to walk way, but they followed him out into the mall. The victim said once they were out in the mall, one of the suspects took him to the ground and the other suspect, Davis, hit him in the right thigh with a knife.

The victim was taken to Memorial Medical Center and treated for non-life-threatening injuries to his leg.

After interviewing multiple witnesses, Springfield Police arrested Davis, Gales, and Kelly for Armed Robbery (a class X felony), Robbery (a class 2 felony), Aggravated Battery (a class 3 felony), and Mob Action (a class 4 felony). Davis was sentenced to 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, to be served at 50 percent, and he was given credit for 905 days. Gales pled guilty to Aggravated Battery (a class 3 felony) and will be sentenced on January 18, 2024. The charges against Kelly were dropped due to his death resulting from a shooting on December 10, 2020, in the parking lot of Wendy’s at 2901 Lindbergh Boulevard; no suspects were arrested in connection with his homicide.

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