Beloit man sentenced to 10 years in gun murder
JANESVILLE—The mother of a man shot 18 times in April 2014 called the murder "vicious," telling Rock County Court even a dog shouldn't be killed that way.
"I go over this every day in my life. I can't sleep at night," Agnes Haley said through tears. "I just don't understand."
Still, Judge James Daley said he saw promise in defendant LaQuann J. Kendall, 23, formerly of Beloit.
Daley followed the joint recommendation of the prosecutor and defense attorney of 10 years initial confinement and 10 years extended supervision to be served concurrently with a sentence Kendall is close to finishing at the Green Bay Correctional Institution.
Kendall is the first of three to be sentenced in the murder of Edward D. Haley, 37. Kendall was convicted of second-degree reckless homicide.
Ronald L. Hicks, 32, of 1900 Rockport Road No. 2, Janesville, and Angelo N. Young, 34, formerly of Beloit and now of Rock County Jail, were charged with first-degree intentional homicide in Haley's death. Hicks will appear in court Monday, Nov. 20. The charge against Young was dismissed July 2016, according to court records.
A criminal complaint describes a conspiracy to kill Haley because Hicks suspected Haley would do something to him. Haley was standing on Newark Road in Beloit when he was shot 18 times by two handguns, a .45-caliber and a 9mm, the complaint states.
Haley's family in court said Tuesday the family has fallen apart since Haley's death.
"I don't understand what he'd done to be crucified," said Haley's uncle Loran Henderson. "I miss my nephew. I loved him. He was a good man."
Haley's mother and brother have been on medication since the incident to calm their nerves, they said.
"I pray this doesn't happen to any other families," Henderson said.
Kendall's mother described her son as a leader with no positive male role model who fell in with a bad crowd and became a follower.
Kendall's attorney Faun Moses said Kendall began living on the streets when he was 11 and was drinking and using and selling drugs before Haley's death. Despite those choices, Kendall got his high school diploma, and he has completed several courses since being incarcerated in 2014, she said.
"He hopes some positive can come out of this tragedy," Moses said.
Kendall apologized to the Haleys, his family and the community for decisions that had a negative "domino effect" on others. He regretted having to go this far before realizing the road he was on was a "dead end," he said.
"I'm so sorry. I hope you guys find peace," he told the Haleys.
Kendall said he won't change overnight but will take advantage of opportunities to become a better man.
Daley pointed out Kendall has 10 convictions as an adult, six of which are felonies. He had juvenile convictions of burglaries, robberies and batteries, Daley said.
Kendall has three kids but doesn't have a solid employment history. His actions make him a risk to the community, Daley said.
Still, statements by Kendall and his attorney show Kendall is trying to better himself and learn from his mistakes, Daley said.
"I see a life in you, Mr. Kendall, which has so many possibilities," Daley said before sentencing.