Kewanee Man Pleads Not Guilty to Gun Charges and Requests Changes to Bond Conditions


Matthew Peed, 19, pleaded Not Guilty to gun charges from an altercation on June 30th that left one person with an injury to his hand.  At the Preliminary Hearing, Kewanee Police Officer, Officer Eric Hamilton, testified with evidence gathered from the investigation.  Officer Hamilton said Matthew Peed allegedly stopped on the road in a black Dodge SUV in the 500 block of Franklin Street and a male subject, Mr. Scott, approached the passenger side the vehicle.  Mr. Peed allegedly displayed a handgun and Mr. Scott grabbed the barrel of the gun.  Matthew Peed fired the gun causing an injury to Mr. Scott’s hand.  There was a visible injury with blood to Mr. Scott’s hand but Mr. Scott refused EMS at the scene.  Police interviewed neighbors and reviewed surveillance footage from the area.  According to testimony, a loud bang was heard in surveillance footage and a black Dodge vehicle was seen fleeing the area in the footage.  Judge Cosby found Probable Cause and scheduled a Jury Pre-Trial for November 17, 2022, at 1 PM.

Bond was lowered from $150,000 to $10,000 (10%) on September 28, 2022 because of the defendants medical condition and ties to the community.  Bond conditions require the defendant have no contact with the victim and comply with GPS (Ankle Bracelet) Monitoring.  The Defense filed a Motion to Modify Bond Conditions on October 12, 2022, and a Motion hearing was held on October 26th at 11:30 AM.  The Defense motion to modify bond conditions was denied at this time and the State’s motion to remand the defendant was denied at this time.

Matthew Peed is charged with Aggravated Battery by Firearm Discharge (Class 1 Felony), Aggravated Battery in a Public Place (Class 3 Felony), Reckless Discharge of a Firearm (Class 4 Felony) and Aggravated Assault (Class 3 Felony).

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