Mt. Vernon Register-News

February 7, 2013

Man faces March sentencing in Cahokia killing

Associated Press

— BELLEVILLE (AP) — A man newly convicted of a 2007 southwestern Illinois shooting death faces at least 45 years in prison when sentenced next month.

The Belleville News-Democrat ( reports a St. Clair County jury has found 28-year-old Kenny Wicks guilty of first-degree murder.

Authorities say Wicks fatally shot 20-year-old James Rogers Jr. in the neck in June 2007 after going to the victim’s Cahokia apartment to rob him.

Two co-defendants who prosecutors say have cooperated with investigators are expected to plead guilty to charges of attempted armed robbery.

Wicks’ sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 7.