Man who was shot faces drug charges
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October 18, 2011 | 04:59 PMELKHORN — A Bloomfield Township man who was shot in the back while allegedly attempting to buy pot in the town of Walworth faces criminal charges.
Eric B. Grethe, N1467 White Pigeon Road, has been charged with attempting to possess marijuana with intent to deliver, second and subsequent offense.
If convicted, he faces up to 7-1/2 years imprisonment and $5,000 in fines.
On Aug. 5. 2010 Corey Moore-Morrison, 19, of Janesville, set up a drug deal between Grethe and Nathan Williams, 30.
According to court documents, Williams pulled a gun on Grethe and attempted to rob him, but Grethe fought off Williams and was shot in the back.
During a struggle between Grethe and Williams, Moore-Morrison took Grethe's money out of the vehicle.
Moore-Morrison was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in the shooting.
Charges of armed robbery, possession with intent to deliver, possession of a firearm by a felon and first-degree reckless endangering safety are pending against Williams and he has a Nov. 28 jury trial scheduled.
After the shooting, Grethe told police he only wanted to purchase an eighth of an ounce of marijuana, but Moore-Morrison said the drug deal was for a half a pound of pot.
According to the criminal complaint filed against Grethe:
Moore-Morrison told Walworth County Sheriff's Detective Shannan Illingworth that the day of the shooting he received a text from an unknown number asking to purchase a pound of marijuana.
The request was presented to Williams, who instructed Moore-Morrison to set up the deal.
Moore-Morrison called the number and spoke to Grethe, who agreed to buy half-pound of marijuana for $1,500.
Grethe met Moore-Morrison at the Show Palace.
There Moore-Morrison entered Grethe's vehicle and Williams followed them in a separate car to a location on South Shore Drive.
At the location on South Shore Drive, Williams entered Grethe's vehicle and attempted to rob Grethe.
The day after the shooting, Grethe was interviewed by Walworth County Sheriff's Department Detective Robert Sharp.
Grethe told Sharp he drove with Cornelio N. Cruz to meet with Moore-Morrison to purchase marijuana, and that Grethe received Moore-Morrison's phone number from Anthony R. Radencich.
Radencich, 22, N3095 Tamarack Road, Geneva Township, faces a felony charge of delivering marijuana.
Cruz, 21, same address as Radencich, faces a felony charge of attempting to possess marijuana with intent to deliver.
Grethe told police he had about $800 or more on him at the time of the shooting, but he only planed to purchase an eighth of an ounce of marijuana for $50 or $60.
On Aug. 18, Radencich told Illingworth that he had given Grethe Moore-Morrison's phone number after Grethe asked him if he knew anyone who could get marijuana.