A Bellwood man was sentenced to 22 years in prison for his role in the 2014 fatal shooting of a tobacco store owner in northwest suburban Bensenville.
Kenneth Bardlett, 24, pleaded guilty to a single first-degree murder in the killing of Hussein Saghir, according to the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office.
On Jan. 19, 2014, Bardlett, 25-year-old Stephan Russell and 27-year-old Tremayne Davis drove up to Sam’s Tobacco and Foodmart at 477 W. Irving Park Road, prosecutors said. Bardlett and Russell then walked up to Saghir and his brother as they were closing for the evening, and Russell fatally shot the store owner during an ensuing altercation.
The trio then drove off, prosecutors said. All three were ultimately arrested following an investigation.
As part of his plea agreement, Bardlett agreed to testify against his co-defendants in exchange for a lesser charge and a shorter sentence, prosecutors said. However, Bardlett lied while testifying against one of the other men and the plea agreement was withdrawn. Prosecutors then reinstated first-degree murder charges against him.
In addition, Bardlett was found in contempt of court for “engaging in unruly verbal and physical behavior” and providing false testimony, prosecutors. As a result, he was sentenced to 180 days in the Kane County Jail with credit for time served.
Bardlett will be required to serve his full sentence, prosecutors said. He will receive credit for time served while he awaited trial.
“Our judicial system is a truth-seeking process and for this system to work properly it must be safeguarded from misstatements, mischaracterizations and especially outright lies aimed at distorting the truth,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement. “Mr. Bardlett had a deal – to tell the truth when called upon. He chose to ignore that deal in an effort to infect the judicial system and in doing so added years to his prison sentence.”
Last November, Russell was found guilty of felony counts of first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery with a firearm, prosecutors said. His sentencing was scheduled for June 18.
Davis pleaded guilty in December 2016 to a felony count of armed robbery with a weapon and was sentenced to eight years in prison, prosecutors said.