Second man pleads guilty to 2009 murder of Granite City student

News-DemocratAugust 5, 2013 

— EDWARDSVILLE - The second of two men accused of shooting a Granite City teen in 2009 has pleaded guilty to murder.

Vincent Blue, 24, was set for trial in the death of Stephen Nemsky beginning next week. Instead, he pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree murder, according to the Madison County State's Attorney's office, and was sentenced immediately to 20 years in prison.

Nemsky was a 19-year-old student at Southwestern Illinois College when his car crashed on Division Street in Granite City on Dec. 10, 2009. He collapsed in the road and was found dead with a gunshot wound to his neck.

Two men were charged a week after the shooting. The Major Case Squad's investigation found that the two men met Nemsky to sell him marijuana, and instead robbed him of less than $100 in cash and shot him in the neck.

Javeon D. Hawkins, 20, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in January 2012 and was sentenced to 35 years in prison, of which he must serve 100 percent.

Blue's case dragged on for another year and a half, but he was set to finally go to trial next week. His plea ensures that he will serve 20 years in prison, of which he must serve 100 percent, according to spokesman Stephanee Smith.

Smith said it had not been decided yet if Hawkins would testify against Blue at his trial.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or 239-2507.

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