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Guilty plea in WIU dorm shooting

MACOMB (WGEM) — Kavion Poplous, the Western Illinois University student who prosecutors say shot his roommate several times in their dorm room on September 15, 2020, pleaded guilty to one count of Attempted Murder Tuesday morning.

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McDonough County State’s Attorney Matthew Kwacala said Poplous entered into an “open plea”, meaning that he will be sentenced by Circuit Judge William Poncin following a sentencing hearing, which is scheduled to take place on September 3 at 9 a.m.

Kwacala said Poplous faces a minimum sentence of six years and a maximum sentence of 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, and under Illinois law, he would be required to serve a minimum of 85% of the sentence.

Kwacala added Poplous remains in jail pending the September sentencing hearing. 

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