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.


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