Thrailkill’s attorney files for bond reduction

By Dave Gong

The attorney for the man charged with the murder of NIU student Steven Agee II, 22, filed a motion for bond reduction at a hearing Monday.

Kenneth Johnson, attorney for Chaz Thrailkill, 19, of Markham, also filed a motion for discovery, as well as a motion demanding Thrailkill receive a speedy trial.

Thrailkill is charged with first-degree murder, a class M felony. Thrailkill is also charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm, all of which are class X felonies.

Circuit Judge Robbin Stuckert said if convicted on the murder charge, Thrailkill must serve the entirety of the sentence. If convicted on the other two charges, Thrailkill must serve 85 percent of his sentence in accordance with he Truth-In-Sentencing program.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Truth-In-Sentencing requires offenders to serve a substantial portion of their sentence, with parole eligibility and good-time credits restricted or eliminated.

Thrailkill’s next scheduled court date is Dec. 7.