Murder Plea Withdrawal Denied by Knox County Judge

Brandon KenneyThe withdrawal of a guilty plea for a Galesburg teen has been denied.

19-year-old Brandon Kenney was absent from Knox County Court yesterday, His attorney Jeremy Karlin was present for the ruling.

Judge Scott Shipplett says Kenney will serve his murder sentence following his current time in prison, and minus the days served for residential burglary in Henry County.

Kenney plead guilty in February for the shooting death of 15-year-old Javon Butler.

The motion filed asking for plea reversal was reportedly due to a discrepancy in regard to the amount of days Kenney would be credited for time served.

Shipplett explained that because the crimes were committed under two different cases, each of those cases would be treated separately, equaling more time.

According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, Kenney’s additional days of credit were not noted, however, Shipplett retracted his statements from earlier hearings citing his wording as “inartfull.”

Kenney will likely serve 20 years in prison for good behavior in accordance with state policy. He was sentenced to 40 years.

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