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Courthouse employee arrested for getting rid of murder weapon to protect her two sons

By Mason White 10:10 AM January 24, 2014
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By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) A mother was arrested after she allegedly got rid of a gun that her son used to kill another man.

Kimberly McNeil, 43, who is an employee at the county court of Peoria, Illinois, has been arrested for obstruction of justice amongst other charges, in a case involving her two children.

McNeil is being held on $50,000 bond Friday, for allegedly getting rid of an assault weapon used in a murder.

Two of her children, Michael Costic, 24, and Marquis Costic, 23, were involved in a fight, which ended with the murder of a 17-year-old.

The 23-year-old was convicted of murder earlier this month for the death of Treyshawn Blakely, 17.

He is facing at least 26 years in prison when he is sentenced next month.

Gerald Embrey, 18, was injured during the incident when he was struck in the leg.

Michael Costic was also arrested in connection with the shooting. He is still awaiting trial.

Police said that the murder weapon was never found.

Assistant State Attorney Steve Pattelli said that police received a call and were tipped off to the person who got rid of the gun.

Investigators said that McNeil had confided in a co-worker that she had gotten rid of the weapon.

She is also accused of taking steps to help her older son, Michael Costic, flee to Missouri, after her sons committed the crime.

She was arrested and charged with aiding a fugitive and two counts of obstructing justice.