Alexander Beccue, 26, of St. Peter, was sentenced in Fayette County Court on Wednesday by Judge Don Sheafor to 30 years for Second Degree Murder, with two years of Mandatory Supervised Release.
He also received 10 years for the charge of Unlawful Possession of Weapons by a Felon with one year of Mandatory Supervised Release, to be served concurrently in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
A jury found Beccue guilty on July 21 of the offense of Second Degree Murder and Unlawful Possession of Weapons by a Felon.
According to Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua C. Morrison, late on August 10, 2017, Beccue, Chelsi Beesley, and the victim, Joshua Smith, 29, of Nokomis, were in a residence in Ramsey and were using methamphetamine.
In the early morning hours of August 11, 2017, the State said that Beccue shot Smith in the back/side of the head from 12 inches away with a 38 revolver. A forensic scientist testified as to the proximity of the gunshot.
Beesley, the only other eyewitness to the event, said Beccue was acting weirdly and Beccue said that Smith should leave. Beccue went into the garage, put on gloves and waited.
Beccue then came back in the house from the garage through a bedroom to the kitchen where Beesley and Smith were. Beesley then said that Beccue shot Smith.
When Beccue testified at trial on July 21, 2019, he said that Smith had a gun in a bag and that Smith was playing with a magazine from the gun. Beccue said because of that he “over-reacted” and shot Smith.
The jury deliberated from 10:57 a.m. to 1:39 p.m. on July 21 and returned a verdict of Second Degree Murder and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.
Beccue had been in custody since the shooting and will receive credit for 2 years time served. His 30-year sentence is actually 50% of that and the gun sentence is served concurrently, during that same time period. Beccue is eligible for parole in 13 years, 2032. Beccue will be 39.