A 22-year-old man charged with murder in connection with a deadly armed robbery of a man’s party at a Fairview Heights apartment complex in May 2016 made a deal with prosecutors and was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison.
Kerion “Nate” Hammond left Antonio D. Long’s apartment, at 142 Ashley Drive, after a social gathering on May 17, 2016. He then returned shortly afterward with two other men — including the deceased, 26-year-old Sean J. Redd of Washington Park — in order to rob Long of money and drugs, according to court documents.
Police said Hammond went into the apartment, followed by his accomplices Redd and 23-year-old Jerami J. Clark. Long told police a struggle occurred between him and Redd, who was armed and wearing a ski mask. Long also had a gun during the encounter.
Redd was shot multiple times and killed during the struggle.
Police said Long was also shot in the foot during the encounter. He was charged with two counts of being a felon in possession of a weapon.
Long pleaded guilty in January and was sentenced to two years in prison.
Clark was charged with first-degree murder and is scheduled to stand trial Nov. 13.
Hammond was also charged with first-degree murder, but prosecutors dismissed that charge in a plea deal and Hammond pleaded guilty to aggravated battery with a firearm. Hammond also agreed to answer questions under oath about his and Clark’s involvement in the robbery, according to St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly.
Kelly said Hammond was not armed during the fatal encounter.
But under Illinois law, a person who commits a felony can be charged with murder if someone dies during the commission of the felony.