Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Murder suspect pleas guilty to manslaughter

by Matt Hughes
J-E News Editor
Webster County native Billy Utley appeared in court in Dixon last Tuesday to face charges for the June 19, 2012 shooting death of his estranged wife Theresa Utley in Wheatcroft.
Utley entered a guilty plea on charges of manslaughter, multiple drug charges, DUI, cruelty to animals and possession of burglary tools.
Authorities responding to the report of a shooting on June 19, 2012 discovered Theresa Utley deceased in a parked vehicle. Webster County Coroner Larry Vanover pronounced her dead at the scene.
According to Kentucky State Police, Billy Utley allegedly shot his wife with a high powered rifle and then fled the scene.
He was later arrested by the Illinois State Police. He was charged with murder and transported back to Webster County, where he was held in jail on a $1 million bond.
With the plea deal, Utley is facing up to 35 years in prison. A sentencing hearing has been set for February 6, 2014 at the courthouse in Dixon.
Photo taken at the crime scene in 2012.

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