CASEYVILLE, Ill. (KSDK) – A tight-knit community is celebrating the survivor of an armed robbery.
A Caseyville woman was shot six times while working at her family store a little more than two months ago. And the support of her friends and family have helped her make an amazing recovery. They packed the local VFW Saturday to give their good wishes to Judy Ferguson.
Judy's family owns Ferguson TV and Satellite Repair in Caseyville. That's where she was on November 14th, when police say a man walked in demanding money. He then shot Judy six times.
For more than a month, she wasn't able to walk. But now, she's home from the hospital and back on her feet. Her community wanted to do something to show her its support, so they suggested a benefit. But since insurance is covering Judy's medical bills, she asked instead that donations be made to the Caseyville Food Pantry. So today, a large crowd came out to offer donations and words of encouragement.
The turnout moved Judy to tears.
"To think everyone cares. Of course I know all my friends do but to see everyone here it's wonderful," Judy said.
The suspect in the case, 28-year-old Phillip Smith, is behind bars. He faces up to 20 years in prison and as much as a $250,000 fine.