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4/12/2014 5:56:00 AM
70-year-old transvestite on way to prison for stabbing

Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter

OTTAWA — A transvestite who stabbed two people last summer — and who did time for murder in the late 1970s — was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison.

William L. Reed, 70, also listed in court records as Donna Holly, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated battery, a Class 2 felony.

Ordinarily, he would have faced no more than 7 years in prison, but was eligible for an extended term up to 14 years due to extensive record including murder in 1978 in La Salle County’s east end.

Reed declined an opportunity to address Chief Judge H. Chris Ryan Jr. before sentencing.

With 10 months’ credit for time served, Reed could be released in 2018.
Reed was charged June 14 after a late-night incident at the Pine Towers Motel north of Streator, where Reed was residing.

One of the victims was stabbed in the neck.

The victims, identified as Angela L. Peck, then 31, and Jerry L. Pitte, then 50, of the Pine Towers Motel, were transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Streator and later transferred to St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Both were treated and released a day after the attack, a St. Francis spokeswoman said.

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