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BLOOMINGTON — A 22-year-old Bloomington man was found guilty Thursday of murder connected to a 2018 shooting in Bloomington.
A jury found Jordyn H. Thornton guilty of a first-degree murder charge in the Oct. 30, 2018, shooting death of Trevonte Kirkwood, 27, of Bloomington.
Kirkwood died of gunshot wounds after he was shot three times around 8:40 p.m. that night in the 1300 block of North Oak Street in Bloomington.
Thornton shook his head several times as he stared forward after Judge Casey Costigan read the jury’s verdict. He then rested his head on his folded hands and began to cry.
The 12-person jury of seven women and five men deliberated the charges for about 10 hours following a weeklong trial that brought mostly circumstantial and testimonial evidence putting Thornton in the area at the time of the shooting.
Jordyn Thornton, left, reacts as a jury is polled to verify his murder conviction of Trevonte Kirkwood during the trial at the McLean County Law and Justice Center on Thursday. Thornton’s public defender, Ron Lewis, sits at right.
Thornton, who was 18 at the time of the shooting, faces 20 to 60 years in prison. Jurors also determined Thornton fired a gun during the murder, adding 25 years to his prison sentence.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 14.
Prosecutors said during the trial that Kirkwood had gone for a walk after his girlfriend’s car malfunctioned as they and two other friends were leaving a friend’s house.
Meanwhile, Thornton was with Quentin Jackson, 23, of Peoria, and two other friends in a vehicle that happened to be driving through the same neighborhood.
Thornton saw a man walking, so he told Jackson to stop the car and he exited the vehicle. Jackson and the two other men heard gunshots and moments later Thornton ran back to the car, Jackson told police.