Saturday, May 21 2022

GALESBURG – Minutes before the start of the New Years shooting trial in Galesburg on Monday, defendant Kyle Reddick pleaded guilty to attempted first degree murder and was sentenced.

Reddick, now 28, was sentenced to 26 years in prison in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

According to a statement from Knox County State Attorney Jeremy Karlin, Reddick pleaded guilty to sentences suggested by 9th Circuit Judge Raymond Cavanaugh at a pre-trial conference last week.

Because the shooting caused serious bodily harm, Reddick must serve 85% of that sentence.

The shooting took place at the start of the New Year in the 1000 block of Monroe Street.

At around 2 a.m. on January 1, Lakota Beach was driving with three passengers when she pulled into the driveway of a friend’s house on Monroe Street, on her way to a party further down the block .

Smith then began texting a friend to tell him the car was in the driveway, but before she was done texting Reddick came out of the house and started shooting in the car from the porch.

The four victims were transported to OSF St. Mary’s Medical Center where they were treated for gunshot wounds.

A warrant for four counts of attempted murder and other charges has been issued against Reddick, who was located and arrested on January 23 by the United States Southwest Pacific Regional Fugitive Task Force in Las Vegas.

“We have avoided the risk of lawsuits while sending a strong message to the community that gun violence will not be tolerated. Let me clarify this message: if you commit a crime with a gun, you will go to jail, ”Karlin said.

The Galesburg Police Department and Illinois State Police investigated the shooting.

“This result would not have been possible without the Department of Special Operations and their thorough investigation and commitment to excellence. These detectives have put together a very provable case against Reddick. The State Police CSI group facilitated the recreation of the crime scene for trial, if necessary, ”Karlin said.

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