KANKAKEE — Brandon J. Murrell, of Kankakee, agreed to plead guilty to aggravated intimidation for posters distributed about a man scheduled to testify against his cousin, Zevez Murrell, in 2017.
Pursuant to the plea agreement on Friday, the 34-year-old Brandon Murrell was sentenced to three years in prison and two years parole by Judge Clark Erickson.
Brandon Murrell has been in jail on $1 million bond since his arrest Nov. 20, 2017.
It is alleged Zevez Murrell concocted the scheme, having Brandon Murrell distribute material saying the victim was going to testify against him.
Zevez Murrell already was jailed on charges for shooting the victim, who he shot on May 25, 2017, in the 100 block of North Rosewood Avenue.
In December 2018, Zevez Murrell was found guilty of aggravated battery by discharging a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm in the May 2017 shooting. His next appearance in that case, as well as the intimidation charge is May 24.
The fliers were distributed in the community in late October 2017. It had the victim’s picture, as well as said “come see him squeal” at the courthouse on Nov. 3, 2017.
Troy J. Davidson, 34, of Kankakee, was found not guilty by a jury on May 3 of this year of shooting the 38-year-old man on Nov. 1, 2017, after the posters were distributed.
The victim testified during Davidson’s trial that he owed Zevez Murrell money for marijuana Murrell had “fronted” (forwarded) him.