Lacy pleads guilty to home invasion, murder charge dismissed

A Carbondale, Illinois, man who was originally charged with felony murder was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to home invasion, according to the Jackson County state’s attorney’s office. 

The attorney’s office says 31-year-old Elijah Lacy was arrested in 2009 in connection to the 2007 death of Falon Taylor in Carbondale. On Jan. 6, 2007, 21-year-old Taylor was found shot to death in her home, and the door had been kicked in. The case was set for trial in July, 2010, but was dismissed the morning of the trial because a judge ruled Lacy’s right to a speedy trial was violated. The Illinois Supreme Court later ruled his right to a speedy trail wasn’t violated, and he was rearrested in November of 2013. 

The felony murder charge against Lacy was dismissed, the attorney’s office says, as part of his agreement to plead guilty to the home invasion charge. 

The attorney’s office says investigators have determined Lacy was one of two people who broke into Taylor’s home, but that Lacy was not the shooter. The attorney’s office says Lacy didn’t know the other person, who witnesses identified as Bryant Maybell, had a gun. Maybell was sentenced to life imprisonment and is currently serving that sentence without the possibility of parole.

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