Less than one month after being found guilty of first-degree murder, a Macoupin County man received a 66-year sentence on Friday, February 17 to be served in the Illinois Department of Corrections, according to Macoupin County State’s Attorney Jordan Garrison.
David Buck Jr., 39 of Medora, was found guilty on first degree murder, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a stolen firearm, aggravated unlawful restraint, and felon in possession of a weapon.
Buck is not eligible for parole until after his 100th birthday.
At trial evidence in the afternoon of February 8, 2018, Rachel Warren of Chesterfield and Allen Wheeler were traveling to Warren’s house when they picked up Buck. They went to Warren’s house where Buck shot Warren and abducted Wheller. Wheeler took Buck into the countryside to dispose of the murder weapon while holding him at gunpoint. Eventually, Buck stole Wheeler’s truck and was later apprehended by law enforcement in a multi-county chase.
The case was initially charged by former State’s Attorney Jennifer Watson and tried by current State’s Attorney Garrison and assistant Kyle Frericks.