Man gets 8 years for Woodhull incident

Posted Online: April 04, 2014, 8:50 pm
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By Lisa Hammer,
A Woodhull man was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday after pleading guilty in Henry County Circuit Court to three felony counts related to a New Year's Day incident at a Woodhull apartment.

Travis M. Heady, 28, pleaded guilty to two counts of Class 2 felony possession of a weapon by a felon and Class 4 felony criminal trespass to a residence. He was sentenced to eight years on the Class 2 felonies and six years on the Class 4, all to be served concurrently.

In exchange for his plea, three counts were dismissed - a Class X felony home invasion charge and two Class 3 felony charges involving possession of a firearm by a felon.

Assistant state's attorney Brian Kerr said a neighbor reported two gunshots in an apartment across the street and identified Mr. Heady as the person who entered the apartment building.

Sgt. Greg Strandberg stopped Mr. Heady, who admitted he had a Smith & Wesson .44-caliber handgun. Six rounds of .44 ammunition were found in his pocket.

Further investigation indicated he entered the apartment of two women who said they heard loud noises and found Mr. Heady in their living room. The door had been kicked in, and they had not given him permission to enter.

Mr. Kerr said neither woman gave any evidence he had made moves towards them and, when they asked him to leave, he left.

Mr. Heady had been scheduled for a bench trial Friday. Had he been found guilty at trial, he faced a possible extended prison term on the Class 2 felonies of up to 28 years because of prior convictions for possession of stolen vehicles in Henry and Rock Island counties.


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  Today is Friday, Aug. 1, the 213th day of 2014. There are 152 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.

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