Danville 17-year-old pleads guilty to murder in 2017 stabbing death

 

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DANVILLE — A Danville teen is facing a decade in prison after admitting to fatally stabbing a man at the Fair Oaks public housing complex two years ago.

Earlier this week, Malika Anthony, now 17, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the May 30, 2017, death of Kuron Kimmons, 43, of Danville.

Anthony, who was 15 when she stabbed Mr. Kimmons, was originally charged as an adult with first-degree murder.

However, Vermilion County State's Attorney Jacqueline Lacy said she pleaded guilty to the lesser charge because she believed she was acting in defense of her sister, Ronesha Pettis, who was involved in a fight along with Mr. Kimmons and others.

"But her belief was unreasonable," Lacy said Wednesday.

Anthony is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m. June 20. Under her plea agreement, she will receive a 20-year sentence and must serve 50 percent of the term. Following her release, she must serve two years of parole.

If the case had gone to trial, Lacy said, prosecutors would have presented evidence that showed the stabbing was the result of a fight that broke out in the 900 block of Campbell Lane as the 2017 Memorial Day weekend was winding down.

Video taken from Danville Housing Authority security cameras showed a group including Anthony, Ronesha Pettis, their brother Ronald Pettis and Marcus D. Jefferson descending upon a resident named LewShawn Clark; Mr. Kimmons, an ex-boyfriend of Clark; Clark's then-boyfriend; and Clark's son, Chauncey.

The video shows Ronesha Pettis grabbing Clark and throwing her to the ground, Mr. Kimmons pulling Ronesha Pettis off of Clark and Anthony stabbing Mr. Kimmons in the back.

Ronald Pettis was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of mob action in the incident, and Jefferson received four years after pleading guilty to aggravated battery. Ronesha Pettis' case is still pending.

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Noelle McGee is a Danville-based reporter at The News-Gazette. Her email is nmcgee@news-gazette.com, and you can follow her on Twitter (@n_mcgee).