Man gets 8 years for Woodhull incident

Posted Online: April 04, 2014, 8:50 pm
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By Lisa Hammer, correspondent@qconline.com
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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