Attorney General Chris Koster said today that Patrick B. Courtney, 36 years old, pleaded guilty in Grundy County Circuit Court to second degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Christopher J. Molloy, who was 34 years old at the time of his death. Courtney was sentenced to 20 years in prison on the murder conviction and three years for armed criminal action, to be served concurrently.
Courtney confessed to the September 20, 2012, murder. He said that he and Molloy were arguing, and during the argument he hit Molloy on the head with a wooden club. He then drove to his residence, retrieved his.22 caliber revolver, and returned to Molloy’s residence, where he shot Molloy five times.
“This is a tragic example of an argument escalating to violence, ending with the senseless loss of a man’s life,” Koster said. “The confession and guilty plea bring some measure of justice for the victim’s friends and family.”
The Attorney General’s Office was appointed to prosecute the case due to a conflict of interest.
Update: Online court records now indicate Courtney entered a guilty plea on Monday. He has been sentenced to 20 years in the Department of Corrections on the murder charge and 3 years on the armed criminal action count. Those sentences will be served concurrently.
The man accused of shooting and killing a Grundy County resident in September 2012 will be in court this morning.
According to online court documents 36 year old Patrick Brian Courtney of Galt is charged with 1st Degree Murder and Armed Criminal Action in the death of 32 year old Christopher Molloy. The two reportedly got into an altercation and Courtney allegedly shot and killed Molloy.
Jury trial proceedings are expected to last one day and they will take place in the Grundy County Circuit Court at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.