Rodney Mike, 34, pleaded guilty on Friday in Madison County Circuit Court to charges of 2nd Degree Murder and Aggravated Assault with a firearm. He was initially charged with 1st Degree Murder. The charges were later reduced to a plea arrangement in the 2010 killing of a man and wounding the man's brother. The trial was set for Monday had he not taken the plea deal. Mike admitted to fatally shooting JaMarco, 24 during the victim's May 2010 birthday celebration at an American Legion post in Alton. Mike will be sentenced to serve 26-years in prision.
September 7, 2013