A plea has been reached in the case of Angela McKinnon who was facing charges for the death of Charles Stevens of Kincaid. McKinnon plead guilty on Monday to the unlawful sale of Heroin to Stevens, however per the plea, the charge of drug-induced Homicide, a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison was dropped. Defense Attorney Tom Finks stated they’re pleased with the plea, and will be aggressively pursuing probation during the sentencing hearing, due to a lack of evidence directly connecting McKinnon to the death of Stevens.
Judge Brad Paisley who has been presiding over the case asked if the victim’s mother, Kathryne Stevens who was present in the courtroom during the proceedings, was agreeable to the terms of the plea. Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera informed Judge Paisley that she was, and that Kincaid Chief of Police Dwayne Wheeler who had been one of the lead investigators in the case was also agreeable to the terms of the plea. Kathryne Stevens said after the proceedings that her son is the true victim.
The charge of the unlawful sale of Heroin that McKinnon plead guilty to holds a required time served of 50% of the sentence, where as the drug-induced homicide charge carried a mandatory required time served of 75%. Defense Attorney Finks has also filed a motion for a reduction in bond to be heard on December 12th, with sentencing being set for January 26th.