Moreno enters guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter

PRINCETON — A Spring Valley man has pleaded guilty in Bureau County Court to the Class 3 felony of involuntary manslaughter.

Angel E. Moreno, 20, entered a blind plea of guilty on Monday before Circuit Judge Marc Bernabei.

As reported earlier in the Bureau County Republican, Spring Valley Police received a 911 call on Jan. 4 in reference to a man who had been shot in the leg and was not breathing. Police found Kyle W. Zinser, 23, of Spring Valley dead in the basement of a residence at 127 W. Minnesota St. After investigating, officers believed Zinser’s shotgun wound had been made several hours before medical help was sought by Moreno.

On Jan. 10, Moreno was indicted by a Bureau County grand jury for the Class 3 felony of involuntary manslaughter. He was accused of recklessly discharging a firearm on Jan. 4 and unintentionally causing the death of Kyle Zinser.

According to the Bureau County Circuit Clerk’s website, Moreno was set to appear for a pre-trial hearing on Monday, but instead entered the blind plea of guilty to the involuntary manslaughter charge.

The judge set Moreno’s sentencing hearing for 1:15 p.m. May 21. The judge revoked Moreno’s $50,000 bond, and the Spring Valley man remains in custody in the Bureau County Jail.

Moreno faces up to five years in Illinois Department of Corrections.

Editor’s note: BCR reporter Goldie Currie assisted with background for this article.

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