Police & Courts

Quincy man pleads guilty in 2019 shooting death

Christopher T. Huckstep
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 3, 2020 5:20 pm Updated: Jun. 3, 2020 5:21 pm

QUINCY — A Quincy man faces between 20 and 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty in the December 2019 shooting death of another Quincy man.

Christopher T. Huckstep on Wednesday pleaded guilty to an amended charge of first-degree murder in Adams County Circuit Court that calls for a 30-year prison cap.

As part of the negotiated plea, two additional counts of first-degree murder were dismissed.

Huckstep, 51, was arrested Dec. 4, 2019, after 26-year-old Emond Morris was found dead in a home in the 700 block of Cedar Street after the two were involved in a domestic dispute.

Josh Jones, lead trial attorney for the Adams County state's attorney's office, said if the case had gone to trial, Quincy Police officers would testify that when they arrived at the home, they found Morris dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

Jones said multiple people who were at the home would also testify that Huckstep pointed a gun at Morris and shot him.

Huckstep was arrested outside his apartment in the 1200 block of North 12th Street, where Jones said he turned a firearm over to police.

Jones said the gun was later confirmed to be used in the shooting.

If the case went to trial, Huckstep would have faced a minimum 45-year prison sentence, which includes a 25-year enhancement because a firearm was used. The enhancement was removed in the plea.

Sentencing was set for Aug. 7.

Huckstep must serve 100% of the sentence.

He has been held in the Adams County Jail on $5 million since his arrest. His bond was revoked after his guilty plea.

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