Maria KeenaBy Maria Keena

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Kevin Reid, 50, was sentenced to life in prison with no parole in the 2005 deaths of a pregnant woman and her 4-year-old cousin.

Nineteen-year-old Anquinette Parker and her 4-year-old cousin, Cermen Toney Junior were not found until 2008. Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons says their bodies were found in a cistern.

“It was something that really terrified the community and went unsolved for quite a long time,” he says. “Fortunately through some luck and a whole lot of determination by investigators, this case was brought to Madison County’s state attorney’s office, where Kevin Reid was charged.”

Gibbons says that he was charged with two counts of first degree murder and one account of intentional homicide of an unborn child. Gibbons tells KMOX the most powerful words that came from Cermen’s mother.

“Explaining the pain and the loss, just the enduring nature of her suffering for the loss of her little boy,” he says. “It was just so movingpretty much the whole courtroom to tears.”

Gibbons says that it was a great reminder hearing those powerful testimonies of what drives them as prosecutors to do their jobs.

He adds that yesterday’s sentencing was the final piece of the puzzle, putting a gruesome story to rest.

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