Alton man dies a month after he was beaten in parking lot

A man beaten in a group attack in Alton last month has died of his injuries, which may lead to more charges against some of the men accused of attacking him.

John Gleason, 43, of South Roxana died Saturday in a Springfield hospital following a fight in an Alton parking lot last month. Accused are twin brothers Aaron and Adam Hosford, 24, of Wood River, who are each charged with two counts of aggravated battery, a class 3 felony, and one count of mob action, a class 4 felony.

According to the charges, the brothers allegedly punched and kicked Gleason in the head and body, breaking his nose and inflicting serious injuries on May 3. Gleason was allegedly trying to stop a man who was hitting a woman when the Hosford brothers became involved, according to news reports. He has been hospitalized since the attack, which some witnesses said included several more people who were not apprehended.

Alton Police declined to release additional details; as it is now a murder case, all reports have been forwarded to the state’s attorney’s office, according to Alton Police spokeswoman Officer Emily Hegna.

Madison County State’s Attorney’s spokeswoman Stephanee Smith said they are gathering reports and waiting on results from an autopsy. “It will be reviewed, and we anticipate taking it before the grand jury,” Smith said. However, she said it would be several weeks before that could take place. It was not immediately known the extent of the additional charges that might be filed.

Gleason was a well-known drummer with the band Cherry Hill, according to news reports. He leaves behind two children and other family members. His daughter, Kylie Gleason, has created a GoFundMe crowdfunding account to raise money for Gleason’s burial costs. As of Tuesday afternoon, it had raised about $350 toward a $2,000 goal.

The Hosford brothers are currently free on bail, which was set at $100,000 each.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at or 618-239-2507.