EDWARDSVILLE — State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons announced a plea Thursday in a Granite City case from 2012.
Ricky A. Andrews, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of home invasion, a Class X Felony.
Granite City police officers were dispatched Feb. 12, 2012, to an apartment on Delmar Avenue, where they found Michael L. Cuvar, 35, who had been severely beaten with a hammer and metal flat bar in his apartment. Following the investigation by Granite City officers, Andrews, along with Robert C. Kelly, 49, were charged with home invasion and attempted murder, both Class X felonies, on Feb. 14, 2012.
The investigation determined that Andrews and Kelly, who were acquaintances with the victim, became involved in a verbal dispute with him that escalated into the violent confrontation. Cuvar was paralyzed by the attack and still suffers from diminished mental capacity. Andrews pleaded open to the home invasion charge and will face a prison sentence of six to 30 years when he is sentenced at a later date. As a result of the injuries suffered by Cuvar in the attack, Andrews will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence. Kelly pleaded guilty to home invasion in April 2013 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The attempted murder charges were dismissed pursuant to the pleas.
Gibbons commended the work of the Granite City Police Department and his prosecutors, Assistant State’s Attorneys Crystal Uhe and Chad Loughrey, for a successful resolution to the case. Andrews will remain in custody at the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville until he is sentenced by Circuit Judge Richard Tognarelli, who accepted Thursday’s plea. Andrews had been set to go to trial on Oct. 14.