WATSEKA — Randy E. White pleaded guilty to killing the owner of the Milford Family Restaurant in November 2016 on Tuesday.
Prosecutors alleged the then 19-year-old White shot Jesse Cintora during a botched burglary attempt.
The case was set to go to trial today in Iroquois County Court.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, White was sentenced to 20 years for second degree murder and 24 years for armed violence. Both sentences are served at 50 percent, meaning he will serve 22 years.
After his release from prison, White will be on parole for three years.
According to the Times-Republic, Iroquois County State’s Attorney Jim Devine said he discussed the case with White’s attorney, Ed Glazar, of Kankakee. The families of the victim and the defendant also were consulted prior to the agreement.
Three counts of first-degree murder and one for burglary were dismissed.
Cintora, 35, and his wife owned the popular eatery at 107 E. Jones St. for 10 years.
A security system Cintora had installed alerted him as well as police at 2:01 a.m.
No one was found in the building when police arrived.
Cintora was found lying in an alley north of the restaurant with a gunshot wound to his chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene.