EDWARDSVILLE — Circuit Judge James Hackett sentenced Kevin Reid to life in prison Tuesday, April 15, for the murders of a pregnant woman and her 4-year-old cousin in November 2005.
Reid, 57, was charged with the murders of Anquiaette “Tweety” Parker, 19, and her 4-year-old cousin Cermen “C.J.” Toney Jr., who disappeared on November 6, 2005. Parker was pregnant at the time of her death.
The Madison County State's Attorney's Office charged Reid on March 28, 2008, after their bodies were found in an underground cistern on property once owned by Reid. The investigation, led by the Illinois State Police, showed Reid killed Parker and Toney during the course of an unsuccessful drug deal.
Toney's mother, LaToya Franklin, released a victim impact statement that was read at the sentencing.
"Even though now I have closure I still have to live with the pain of having my son taken away from me every second of my life," Franklin wrote in a letter. "I will never be truly happy. Everything good that comes into my life has been and will always be bittersweet because I won't have my son here to share it with."
Reid was convicted on two counts of murder and one count of intentional homicide of an unborn child.
First Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Vucich and Assistant State's Attorney Kathleen Nolan prosecuted the case.