Metro-East News

Man gets 14 years in fatal Cahokia robbery

A St. Louis man was sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison in the case of a robbery that led to the shooting death of a Cahokia woman.

Terrence Neal, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated battery charge, a Class X felony. A second aggravated battery charge and a first-degree murder charge were dismissed as a part of a plea deal.

Assistant State’s Attorney Erin Conner said Neal’s co-defendant, 33-year-old Antrell Teen, was found guilty in June of first-degree murder in the March 2014 slaying of Cassandra Holman.

Teen, who also was convicted of aggravated battery and unlawful discharge of a firearm, faces a minimum sentence of 51 years in prison. He is to be sentenced later.

“The jury specifically found that Antrell Teen is the one that fired the shot that killed Cassandra Holman,” Conner said Wednesday. She added that Neal “was not the most culpable party.”

Conner also said it was not Neal who shot the surviving victim, Shantner Bonner, in the leg during the robbery.

“(Neal) took a deal because he was involved in the robbery which ultimately led to (Holman’s) death; however he was not the individual who shot the decedent or the living victim,” Conner explained.