EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons on Thursday announced a 50-year prison sentence in connection with the murder of an inmate at the Madison County Jail.
Terrence T. Lee, 32, pleaded guilty to one count of murder and one count of armed robbery Thursday.
“With this lengthy prison sentence, this violent individual will remain locked up behind bars where he belongs,” Gibbons said in a press release. “The defendant will be in his seventies before he is first eligible for release.”
Gibbons filed the murder charges against Lee on July 19 in connection with the death of an inmate, John E. Newsome Sr., 61 at the time of his death, at the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville. Following an investigation by the Illinois State Police, Lee was charged with first-degree murder, a Class M felony. Both the victim and the defendant were inmates.
Gibbons commended the excellent work of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department and the Illinois State Police for their quick response and thorough investigation of the incident. Gibbons also thanked his prosecutors from the Violent Crimes Unit, First Assistant Jennifer Mudge and Assistant State’s Attorney Rachelle Crowe, along with the Madison County Coroner’s Office, for their work that went into solving the case.
Lee, of Jennings, Mo., is a co-defendant in the robbery and death of Kenneth Deal in 2014. Lee was charged with armed robbery, a Class X felony, on May 27, 2014, and pleaded guilty Thursday morning in front of Associate Judge Neil Schroeder, who handed down Lee’s 50-year prison sentence.
Gibbons thanked the Madison Police Department, the Brooklyn Police Department and all of the law enforcement agencies and medical personnel who assisted with the investigation of Deal’s murder.
Maximum penalty for a murder conviction is 20 to 60 years in prison, and the defendant is required to serve the entire sentence.