Beloit man pleads guilty to lesser charges for killing of Illinois man

Beloit man pleads guilty to lesser charges for killing of Illinois man

A Beloit man charged with killing an Illinois man in Janesville has pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

Barquis McKnight , 33, pleaded guilty to homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Janesville police say McKnight shot 28-year-old Eddie Lee Jones after a verbal altercation in May. This was Janesville’s first homicide since 2014.

McKnight faces up to 20 years in prison. He will be sentenced March 2.

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