EDWARDSVILLE — A Granite City man was sentenced Wednesday to 55 years in prison for the 2014 murder of Travis Mayes.
Caleb R. Bailey, 25, was convicted of first degree murder by a Madison County jury on May 13 following a three-day jury trial. First Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Mudge and Assistant State’s Attorney Josh Jones presented evidence supporting the state’s case that Bailey deliberately shot Mayes and was not acting in self-defense, as claimed by Bailey’s defense attorney. Jurors returned a guilty verdict after almost five hours of deliberations.
Madison County sheriff’s deputies discovered the body of Mayes, 43, lying next to his motorcycle in a parking lot in the 4700 block of Nameoki Road in Granite City at approximately 3:43 a.m. May 18, 2014. It was initially believed that Mayes, who was pronounced dead at the scene, had been in an accident. However, further investigation revealed the cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head. Officers determined that Bailey and Mayes had been involved in an ongoing dispute over a female. Evidence showed that Bailey tracked Mayes to a bar and waited outside for him to leave. Bailey followed Mayes to a parking lot and shot him.
Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons argued in support of a lengthy sentence on Wednesday afternoon in front of Circuit Judge Kyle Napp, who sentenced Bailey to 30 years for the murder and 25 years for his use of a firearm. Penalty range for a murder conviction is 20 to 60 years in prison; however, since Bailey used a firearm, he was eligible for an additional 25 years. Bailey will be required to serve the entire sentence.
“My staff and our local investigators did an excellent job of presenting the details of this complicated case, showing that Caleb Bailey murdered Travis Mayes in cold blood,” Gibbons said in a press release Thursday.
He commended the work of prosecutors Mudge and Jones in obtaining the conviction against Bailey in May.
“These emotional rivalries are all too common; however, violence is not the solution,” he said. “I want this sentence to serve as a message to violent criminals: anyone who commits these senseless acts of violence will face a harsh punishment from the criminal justice system.”
Gibbons offered his condolences to the victim’s family.
“The death of Travis Mayes was not only a tragedy, but an entirely avoidable event,” he said. “I am hopeful that the victim’s family can rest more peacefully knowing that Caleb Bailey will have to spend a long time in prison.”
Gibbons also thanked the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, the Madison County Coroner’s Office and the medical personnel whose work on the case contributed to the successful outcome.