'This was disturbing': Cahokia teen gets 38 years for killing girlfriend, shooting friend

News-DemocratMay 1, 2013 

A Cahokia teen was sentenced to 38 years in prison for murdering his teen-aged girlfriend and shooting her friend last year.

"This was disturbing. These are all young people," Cahokia Police Chief James Jones said. "It's not OK for anyone to think they can take someone's life."

Amos Bullocks, 19, formerly of 4053 Mississippi in Cahokia, was sentenced Tuesday by St. Clair County Circuit Judge John Baricevic. Bullocks was convicted of the first-degree murder of his girlfriend and shooting of her friend.

Bullocks early on May 27 twice shot his girlfriend, Venita Allen, 17, in the head and shot her friend, Niesha Farrar, 16, in the neck and buttocks. Farrar survived.

Cahokia Police found Allen's body near a creek bed in the 500 block of Falling Springs Road, about four hours after police were called about shots being fired at a nearby apartment complex. A passer-by found her body after daylight.

They caught up with Bullocks in a green Jeep Cherokee as he was driving away from the area. Two other people were in the vehicle with him but they were not charged, Jones said.

"The individuals who were with him were detained, questioned and then released," Jones said.

At the time, the sister of the 16-year-old victim, Cashayla Farrar, said her sister and Allen had come home, were supposed to be sleeping but the girls snuck out of the house.

Neither family could be reached for comment about the sentence.

Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.

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