Plea Agreement Reached

By: Tina Stein
By: Tina Stein

No jury, no witnesses and no closure for loved ones of Julienne McGuire. McGuire's accused killer Shawn Brooks plead and was found guilty of attempted first degree sexual assault, first degree reckless homicide and armed robbery with use of force. Despite such results, some feel Brooks got the better end of the deal.

McGuire's friends and family members wanted a jury to decide Shawn Brooks' fate, since he took the mother of three's into his own hands.

On March 27th, 2006, in broad day light, Brooks stabbed McGuire while she was working at Edward Jones in downtown Beloit. One month later, DNA evidence linked Brooks to the crime. He's been in jail ever since.

"I feel like honestly I'm at that point where I can think about her and think happy thoughts, not oh my gosh she's gone," said friend Cari Pohl back in March.

Brooks has been a constant problem in the courtroom and jail, hiring and firing multiple attorneys. Until recently, he was using the insanity defense so a judge could sentence him to a mental institution. But the only place he'll go now is prison.

Brooks is being held in the Rock County Jail and will be sentenced on December 21st. He could get up to 130 years in prison and a one-hundred thousand dollar fine.

It's still unclear why Brooks killed McGuire. McGuire's friends say she didn't know him and the crime appears to be completely random.

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