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Crime & Courts

Guilty plea entered in shooting death of Glendale Heights man

An Oak Park man accused of shooting to death Sanchez Townes-Elliot of Glendale Heights entered a guilty plea Wednesday to one count of second-degree murder.

Owen Reneau, 32, of the 300 block of Maple Avenue, appeared in DuPage County Court in front of Judge Brian Telander who accepted his guilty plea.

On June 3, 2018, Reneau and others were at a basement recording studio located in the 700 block of Lake Street in unincorporated Roselle when Townes-Elliot displayed a handgun, according to a DuPage County State's Attorney's Office news release.

An acquaintance of Reneau told him that the gun made her uncomfortable at which time Townes-Elliot placed the gun on a table. Reneau took the gun off the table, which started an altercation between the two men. Reneau shot Townes-Elliot with the handgun and fled the scene, the release stated.

Several weeks later, Reneau was located at a relative’s home in suburban Baltimore. He was extradited back to DuPage County where bond was set at $5 million. He has been held in custody at the DuPage County Jail since that time.

“This morning, Mr. Reneau took responsibility for the death of Sanchez Townes Elliot,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. “While his admission of guilt will not bring Mr. Townes-Elliot back to those who loved him and miss him, perhaps it will provide some solace to them knowing that the man responsible for his death will be held accountable.”

Reneau’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 24 for sentencing.

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