Solicitation To Commit Murder Charges Filed Against Keithsburg Man; Target Former Mercer County State’s Attorney

A Keithsburg man has been charged with solicitation of murder for hire. 47-year-old Kevin Hockenberry is accused of trying to pay someone $10,000 to kill former Mercer County State’s Attorney Meeghan Lee. The Class X felony charge was filed this week in Mercer County Circuit Court. Bond has been set at $500,000.

Hockenberry has been in custody at the Mercer County Jail awaiting trial on a Class 3 felony of sexual relations within families. The charge is in connection with an alleged incident that occurred in April of 2019. He is also facing felony charges in two other cases including perjury and false reporting as well as two misdemeanor counts of violating an order of protection.