Man Sentenced To Prison For Murdering His Brother
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) —
It was an emotional day in court as a Springfield man was sentenced to prison for murdering his own brother. Newschannel 20's Esther Kwon was in the Sangamon County courtroom for the sentencing and spoke with the family.
It is an incredibly tragic story and the family said they are absolutely heartbroken.
Juan Kincade will spend the next 35 years in prison. His family said that while they hoped for the minimum sentence of 20 years, Juan could have faced up to six decades behind bars
"I guess in some ways, I should be grateful that he got the 35 instead of life," said Delores Hill, the grandmother of Juan and Juwan Kincade. "But to me, it feels like life." 20-year-old Juan Kincade shot and killed his younger brother, Juwan Kincade, in July of 2015. Juwan was just 17 years old.
"There was an argument, there was evidence that this defendant was jealous about his brother," said Sangamon County State's Attorney John Milhiser. "[Juan] stole drugs and money and shoes from his brother, and then shot and killed him," Milhiser says Juan has been in juvenile court 11 times, and in the last year and a half he's been in the Sangamon County Jail, he's already had 16 violations. "He's already has shown that he will not conform to society's norms, will not follow the rules, and he needs to be locked up for 35 years to protect the public."
Torn apart by their love for both brothers, family members still say Juan should be held responsible for murdering Juwan.
"I hate that it was his brother that was involved," said Ashley Hill, Juan and Juwan's aunt. "However, I do feel like he deserves justice for his life. So yes, I agree, he should be punished," she said. Punished for murdering his own brother just a few months after their father had died.
"I haven't really had the chance to grieve over [my son's death]," said Delores. "I haven't had the chance to grieve over my grandson. My focus for the last year and a half has been on Juan. And now, maybe, I can start my grieving process with all three of them."
Before the sentencing, Juan apologized to his family saying, "I let them down, and I won't let it happen again."
The judge said he initially was going to give Juan a longer sentence but was moved by his family's testimony. He also took into account Juan's young age and that he has a four-year-old daughter. Juwan was killed shortly before his first child was born.
Kincade is required to serve all 35 years of his sentence and will be 53 years old when he gets out of prison.