Killed – Male Teen – Javon Butler (Galesburg, IL)

Javon Butler

GALESBURG, Ill. — Galesburg police say they have issued arrest warrants for two men in connection with the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy.

The (Galesburg) Register-Mail reports that police are seeking two 18-year-old men — one on first-degree murder and firearms charges and the other for possession of a firearm by a felon.

Police say officers responding to a 911 call around 8:50 p.m. Sunday found Javon Butler in the backyard of a home. The Knox County Coroner pronounced him dead at the scene.

A Galesburg teenager will spend at least several decades in prison after pleading guilty to the shooting death of a Galesburg teen over a year ago. But, it’s not the sentence that the family of the victim was likely hoping for.

19-year-old Brandon Kenney pleaded guilty in Knox County Circuit Court yesterday to charges of Second Degree Murder, and was sentenced as part of a negotiation to 40 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. However, Kenney will be able to get day-for-day credit, which means that he’ll serve about 20 years in prison for the crime, once a prison term for an unrelated Knox County robbery case expires.

Kenney was arrested in January of last year, weeks after the shooting death just before Christmas of 2013 of 15-year-old Javon Butler. Kenney shot Butler during an altercation in the 600 block of Monmouth Boulevard.

Officials say had the first degree murder charges still been in effect, Kenney could have served a minimum of 45 years in prison had he pleaded guilty or was convicted.


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