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Waterloo man charged in Red Bud stabbing death

By on January 7, 2018 at 3:43 pm

Kodi A. Lafore

A 22-year-old Waterloo man was charged in connection with the stabbing death of a Red Bud man Saturday night in Randolph County.

On Monday, Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker filed a one-count indictment charging Kodi A. Lafore, 22, of Waterloo, with involuntary manslaughter in the case.

Lafore was taken into custody by the Waterloo Police Department shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday on North Church Street in Waterloo.

The incident occurred shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Huntfield Road and Blackjack Road in rural Red Bud, Walker stated in a press release. The victim, Adam J. Sesto, 36, of Red Bud, was transported from the scene by a witness to Red Bud Regional Hospital, where he died from injuries due to a knife wound a short time later.

Bond has been set at $50,000 for Lafore, who remains in custody at the Randolph County Jail in Chester.

“We have been working this case almost non-stop since Saturday night. All witnesses to the events of Jan. 6 have been interviewed, some multiple times. At this time, we feel this is the most appropriate charge resulting from the events of that evening,” Walker stated in the press release.

Walker added that charges can always be enhanced or reduced at a later date, if appropriate.

“Given the information from cell phones, social media accounts, witness statements and the pathologist conducting the autopsy, involuntary manslaughter is the appropriate charge at this time,” he said. “We want to remind people cases are not tried on Facebook or other social media sites and what happened the night of Jan. 6 will ultimately be revealed in a court of law, at the appropriate time.”

Court information alleges that Lafore pulled a knife near the upper torso of Sesto in a reckless manner, thereby unintentionally killing him.

Involuntary manslaughter is a Class 3 felony with a prison sentence of between two and five years, if convicted.


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Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.