Lakeesha Smith to plead guilty in Tundun Lawani’s death: Prosecutor

Mugshot of accused hit-and-run driver Lakeesha Smith, 33, of Galesburg. Smith is being charged in the death of Tundun Lawani '14. (Courtesy of Knox County Jail)

Mugshot of accused hit-and-run driver Lakeesha Smith, 33, of Galesburg. Smith is being charged in the death of Tundun Lawani ’14. (Courtesy of Knox County Jail)

Accused hit-and-run driver Lakeesha Smith, who is charged in the 2012 death of Knox student Tundun Lawani ’14, will plead guilty to charges of reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident involving a fatality during a plea hearing Wednesday, prosecutors said.

The move would avoid a trial and allow the court to move forward with sentencing later this year, Assistant State’s Attorney Elisa Tanner told TKS. Tanner said Smith is not cutting a deal with prosecutors in exchange for a lighter sentence.

After a guilty plea is entered, Tanner said a pre-sentencing investigation would be ordered, and Smith could be sentenced as soon as October.

Charlie Megenity
Charlie Megenity (formerly Gorney) is a senior double majoring in political science and economics. He previously served TKS as managing editor and as co-news editor while working as the weekend reporter for The Galesburg Register-Mail. Over the summer of 2012, Charlie interned in Wisconsin with Patch.com, an online hyperlocal news source, where he covered the August 2012 Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting; he will return to Patch during the summer of 2013. He is also the journalism editor for Catch magazine.. Charlie has received three awards from the Illinois College Press Association for newswriting and design, including a first place award for front page layout. He was the 2013 recipient of the Theodore Hazen Kimble Memorial Award in Journalism for a feature story published in The Knox Student. His work has also appeared in The Huffington Post.

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Charlie Megenity
Charlie Megenity (formerly Gorney) is a senior double majoring in political science and economics. He previously served TKS as managing editor and as co-news editor while working as the weekend reporter for The Galesburg Register-Mail. Over the summer of 2012, Charlie interned in Wisconsin with Patch.com, an online hyperlocal news source, where he covered the August 2012 Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting; he will return to Patch during the summer of 2013. He is also the journalism editor for Catch magazine.. Charlie has received three awards from the Illinois College Press Association for newswriting and design, including a first place award for front page layout. He was the 2013 recipient of the Theodore Hazen Kimble Memorial Award in Journalism for a feature story published in The Knox Student. His work has also appeared in The Huffington Post.




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