A press release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office:
Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that 35-year old Kenneth Smith was found guilty of First Degree Murder and Attempt Armed Robbery.
The evidence at trial proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant shot Raul Briseno outside of the Burrito Express Restaurant in McHenry on March 6, 2001.
The jury deliberated approximately 20 hours before rendering the verdict.
A sentencing hearing will be held April 26, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.
“I’m happy about the decision of the jury. It’s a good decision not only for the community, but for the lawyers in our office.
“Thirty-six people have now found Ken Smith guilty of murder. It’s important to our community to know that we have a lot of competent lawyers in our office fighting to keep our community safe and a good place to raise a family.
“Nick Combs is one of the finest attorneys in the State of Illinois and I’m proud to work with him.”
The case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorneys Michael Combs, David Johnston and David Metnick and was investigated by the McHenry City Police Department with the assistance of the McHenry Investigative Assistance Team.