Eric Whitehead handed probation in shooting of north St. Louis boy

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St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - One of two men charged in last summer's ambush attack that injured a young boy and a man, has been placed on five years probation after pleading guilty to the charge last month.

34 year old Eric Whitehead of north St. Louis admitted guilt to an unlawful possession of a firearm crime in connection to the June 15th incident in the 4400 block of Lexington Avenue.

Police arrested Whitehead and another man, 19 year old Jimmy Brown, after an argument that took place between a woman and her boyfriend.  After the diputed ended, the woman got into a car and the boyfriend, along with Whitehead and Brown began following.

Gunfire erupted moments later, with a ten year old boy playing outside being shot in the stomach.  A 24 year old man was also shot in the attack.

Whitehead was assessed a 15 year suspended prison term in exchange for the probation order by Judge Mark Neill.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Brown is scheduled to be in court later this week for a motions hearing.  Brown is facing two counts each of first degree assault and armed criminal action and is scheduled for trial in January.

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