September 30, 2010
JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced today (Thursday, September 30, 2010) that a Joliet man who gunned down a woman in front of her daughter and shot another woman in the stomach two years ago has been sentenced to 68 years in prison.
Anthony Matthews, 47, was found guilty of first-degree murder in July for the killing of LaDeana Hite in the early-morning hours of Dec. 14, 2008. Circuit Judge Stephen White sentenced Matthews.
Matthews also was found guilty of aggravated battery with a firearm for shooting LaDeana Hite’s friend, Jeanette Morgan, in the stomach. Morgan survived and testified against Matthews during the 1-1/2 week trial.
The defendant also pointed the gun at Hite’s daughter and pulled the trigger while the girl was on her bed and shielding her body with a pillow. Matthews’ gun, however, failed to fire.
“This pitiless killer will absolutely spend the rest of his life behind prison bars for the cold-blooded execution of this woman while her frightened and defenseless daughter watched,” State’s Attorney Glasgow said. “Anthony Matthews will never again walk our streets free to terrorize another woman.”
Matthews was smoking crack cocaine with Hite and Morgan at Hite’s house in the 200 block of Champlain in Joliet Township when he became agitated and accused the two women of stealing his drugs.
Hite rushed into her daughter’s bedroom to hide from Matthews, who stepped into the kitchen and shot Morgan in the stomach. Matthews then kicked in the bedroom door and gunned down Hite while her daughter watched.
The wounded Morgan fled the house and sought help at a house on another block. Hite’s daughter fled after Matthews left her bedroom when he couldn’t get his 9mm gun to fire.
An unfired cartridge retrieved from the scene had Matthews’ DNA on it. Matthews fled the scene after the shooting, but he was arrested in the vicinity a short time later by Will County Sheriff’s Police. The murder weapon was not recovered
State’s Attorney Glasgow praised Assistant State’s Attorneys Chris Koch and Anna Rossi for securing a sentence that will protect the citizens of Will County.
Charles B. Pelkie
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