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Galena Man Convicted of Murder


Bsrker.jpgDeputy Evan Duckett and Chief Deputy Nate Jones escort Barker from the Cherokee County District Courtroom


A Cherokee County Jury returned its verdict early Wednesday afternoon, following a 3 day murder trial held at the Cherokee County Courthouse.

Billy Barker, age 50, of Galena, was found guilty of First Degree Murder, Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Criminal Carrying of a Weapon.

On April 18, 2023, Barker shot and killed 27-year-old Levi Porter, of Riverton, in the 800 block of North Columbus Street in Galena.

The Judge ordered Barker be held in the Cherokee County Jail, pending his sentencing scheduled for September 5th, 2024.

The homicide investigation was conducted by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office and Galena Police Department.

Barker was prosecuted by Cherokee County Attorney Kurt Benecke.

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