WOODSTOCK – In an emotional speech Monday morning before beginning a two-year prison sentence, Maxwell Cannon apologized to the family of the friend he shot and killed.
After taking a minute to compose himself, Cannon, 23, turned away from the bench and faced the family of 19-year-old Anthony Kloeckner.
"I will never be able to forgive myself for the pain I have caused you," he said. "A son, a brother, a friend like no other ... I see his face and I hear his thoughts."
On Dec. 28, 2011, Cannon was showing off a handgun to several friends at a home on Woodlawn Park Avenue near McHenry, according to McHenry County Sheriff’s police.
Police have said that Cannon removed the magazine and, thinking the gun was empty, pointed it at Kloeckner and pulled the trigger. Kloeckner was shot once in the chest.
Cannon said he is disgusted and mortified by his own actions.
"From the bottom of my heart and with my entire being, I am sorry," he said.
About a week and a half ago, Cannon pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and prosecutors agreed to a two-year sentence. He was given credit for two days already served in the McHenry County jail following his arrest and is eligible for day-for-day credit.
He likely will be released after serving less than a year in prison.
Outside of court, Cannon's mother, Suzanne, asked for prayers for the Kloeckners.
"They're a wonderful family," she said. "Send them your prayers."
Kloeckner's mother, Chris, declined to comment, but previously said that her son and Cannon had been friends for about two years. It was important for Cannon to admit to what he did, she said.
Her family is forever changed, she said when Cannon pleaded guilty on Feb. 22.
“Your family is like a puzzle and one piece will be missing,” Chris Kloeckner said. “But you’re going to get more pieces. We’ve got a grandchild coming. The puzzle will go back together, but it will never be the same.”