State’s attorney: Boy killed grandfather with blow to the head

Published: Feb. 22, 2022 at 11:08 AM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - A 15-year-old boy who was arrested last week killed his grandfather, Robert Schmidt, 67, by hitting him in the head with Schmidt’s gun, Adams County State’s Attorney Gary Farha told WGEM News.

Farha said the boy entered Schmidt’s house at 3219 Gross Gables in Quincy on Feb. 17 in an attempt to steal guns from the home.

According to charging documents, the boy took a gun by force or threat and in the process, hit Schmidt in the head causing his death.

Farha said the situation is terribly sad.

“It’s a tremendous loss for that family and they’re struggling. I would hope and pray that the citizens of Adams County keep those people in their prayers because this is just an awful situation,” Farha said.

Farha said a second suspect, Devere S. Gholston, 27, of Quincy, who was arrested on Saturday, had driven the boy to and from the home and waited in the car while the boy was in the home.

Farha said even though the teen committed the killing, Gholston can still be charged with murder on accountability theory.

“The classic case of that is the getaway driver at a bank robbery so he is accountable for all of the actions of the other party,” Farha said.

Adams County Sheriff Rich Wagner said deputies entered the home on the morning of Feb. 17 to check on the well-being of Schmidt and discovered him dead.

Farha said the boy took a total of three guns from the home and was later arrested at a home at 935 North 4th Street.

The boy, who is now held at the Adams County Juvenile Detention Center, is charged with five offenses.

Gholston has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder, residential burglary, and robbery.

Farha added there is one more suspect, pending investigation.

On Friday, Farha said his office was working to try the boy as an adult. He said a judge will have to rule on a petition to transfer jurisdiction, which would move the case to adult court if it’s granted.

Lead trial attorney Josh Jones said there are a number of factors the court will consider before granting the petition.

“The seriousness of the offense, whether or not the minor has a history of delinquency, the circumstances surrounding it,” he said.

Anyone with additional information regarding this case is asked to contact the Adams County Sheriff’s Office at 217-222-9360 or the Quincy Regional Crime Stoppers at 217-228-4474.

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