A 20-year-old man who accidentally shot and killed his girlfriend as he played with a loaded gun in a Gurnee home last September has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Isaiah J. Cole, 20, of Gurnee, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm without a FOID card, unlawful possession of meth, unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to distribute and unlawful possession of meth with intent to distribute.
The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office reached a negotiated plea deal with Cole this week.
The man pleaded guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter and one count of unlawful possession of meth with intent to distribute in exchange for six other charges being dismissed, court records show.
A Lake County judge approved the plea deal on Monday and sentenced Cole to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Cole was charged in connection with the shooting of Ameyah T. Brewton, 21, of Gurnee, which occurred around 12:10 a.m. September 13 in the 600 block of Creekside Circle in Gurnee.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Tara Ferrari said at the time that Cole racked the slide on a semi-automatic pistol and ejected a bullet in the gun’s chamber.
He then removed the gun’s magazine and reinserted it before the gun fired, Ferrari said. Brewton was struck in the arm and rib cage by the round.
According to witnesses, Cole cried out “Oh my God, I didn’t mean to” and “Don’t die” after the shooting. Ferrari said that Cole thought the gun had been cleared.
Police officers performed CPR on Brewton and paramedics with the Gurnee Fire Department transported her to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.
She was later pronounced dead, according to Gurnee Police Department Public Information Officer Shawn Gaylor.
Cole was taken into custody by responding officers inside the home and detectives interviewed him along with witnesses at the scene.
Detectives learned that Cole and Brewton were in a domestic relationship, Gaylor said.
Police also found Cole in possession of ecstasy, meth, Xanax and 30-500 grams of cannabis, court records show.
Cole remains held in the Lake County Jail awaiting transport to a state prison. He is receiving 274 days of credit for time served in the jail and will be required to undergo three years of probation upon his release from prison.