The Holiday Gift Auction is Live! Click here and bid now on great local gifts!
State

Markham man, 79, gets 8 years for fatal shooting

DANVILLE, Ill. — A judge in east-central Illinois has sentenced a 79-year-old Markham man to eight years in prison in the fatal shooting of his former business partner.

Prosecutors say Antone Akroush shot his cousin Imad Farah Shteiwi in Danville after arguing about money. Shteiwi died of multiple gunshot wounds. Akroush says he fired in self-defense.

Akroush originally was charged with first-degree murder. Prosecutors say they opted for second-degree murder in a plea agreement because a witness left the country and was unavailable to testify.

Judge Nancy Fahey's sentence Thursday was less than the 15-year maximum. Vermilion County prosecutors say Akroush won't be in prison long because he only has to serve 50 percent of his sentence and he's already been in custody for almost four years since his 2009 arrest.

Loading more

Digital Access

Digital Access
Access nwherald.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.