A Livingston County Judge today (Friday) sentenced a former Cullom woman to life in prison for the death of a foster-child who was in her care.
31-year-old Heather Lamie (Luh-ME) of Kankakee told the judge before she was sentenced, that "she loved 4-year-old Kianna Rudesill; that she never hurt her."
Before Livingston County Associate Judge Mark Fellheimer handed down natural life in prison sentence — mandated by law because of Kianna's age — Lamie said she wished she would have been more responsive to a bruise Kianna suffered near her ear during a fall the day before.
Judge Fellheimer upheld the murder verdict and said he did not have the authority to reduce the charge, even though the defense asked the court to acquit Lamie, saying there was insufficient evidence she committed the crimes. He said if the judge was not convinced of that, he asked the verdict be reduced to second-degree murder.
The judge also denied a request for a new trial.
Livingston County State's Attorney Seth Uphoff maintained that Lamie was the only adult in the Cullom house when Kianna suffered blunt force trauma to the head on May 3, 2011. Kianna died the next day. Lamie was indicted on murder charges in June 2013. A jury returned two guilty verdicts on Oct. 7: murder and endangering the life or health of a child.
State Representative Kate Cloonen is announcing her "Coffee with Kate" schedule for the month of March. Constituents of the 79th District are encouraged to attend these events to share their questions and concerns on legislative issues.
Cloonen will meet with constituents Friday, March 13 at 8 am at Joey's Diner in St. Anne.
There's also an event planned for Friday, March 20 at Bill's Diner in Bradley. It's also from 8-9 am.
Iroquois County Girls Basketball in state limelight
Three Girls high school basketball programs in Iroquois County earned Regional championships Thursday night. Cissna Park, Iroquois West and Watseka all advance to IHSA Sectional play next week.
Fourth-ranked Cissna Park won the Danville Schlarman Regional title with a 47-36 decision over Salt Fork. The Timberwolves match up with LeRoy at the Gilman Sectional Tuesday at 7:30 pm.
Iroquois West returns home to host the Sectional after winning the Illinois Lutheran Regional. The Lady Raiders won their third straight Regional with a 59-20 win over Milford. Next up for the Raiders is Lexington at 6 pm Tuesday.
The Thursday title game could find Iroquois West meeting Cissna Park.
At the Watseka 2A Regional, Hoist Watseka won the title with a 45-29 victory over Bismarck-Henning. The Warriors meet Bloomington Central Catholic at the Hoopeston Area Sectional Tuesday at 7 pm.
Two separate drug investigations led to the arrests of two men by KAMEG agents.
24-year-old Tim Phelan of Bourbonnais is charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver. Agents executed a search warrant on Cherokee Drive in B'ais and seized about 3540 grams of cannabis and drug-making materials. That was on Tuesday.
Thursday, agents seized just under 900 grams of cannabis and drug-packaging material in the 700-block of N. Rosewood Avenue in Kankakee. 55-year-old Theotis James was charged with possession with intent to deliver.