Two charged in murder of Granite City man

By Kevin Beese Staff Reporter

Kadeem Noland (left) and Kristine Mills

Two people have been charged with murder in the death of a Granite City man.

Kadeem Noland, 27, a resident of the 1400 block of Penrose in St. Louis, and Kristine Mills, 34, a resident of the 2200 block of Benton Street in Granite City, have been charged in connection with the murder of Jason Thomas, 36, also of the 2200 block of Benton Street in Granite City.

Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons filed charges Thursday (Jan. 9) against the two suspect in what his office called a “senseless murder.”

Granite City police said they received a report on gunshot on the 2200 block of Benton shortly after midnight Thursday morning. When officers arrived on the scene, Thomas was found dead from gunshot wounds.

An investigation into the incident led Granite City police to St. Louis, where Noland and Mills were apprehended.

Noland and Mills were both charged with two counts of first-degree murder, a class M felony. Noland was also charged with unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, a class 2 felony.

A class M felony is punishable by either life in prison or a sentence of 20-60 years and a fine of up to $25,000. A class 2 felony is punishable by three to seven years in prison and/or a fine of up to $25,000.

Both suspects are being held without bond. Noland and Mills were in custody at the St. Louis Metropolitan Jail pending extradition back to Madison County.

State’s Attorney Gibbons commended the men and women of the Granite City Police Department for “their expeditious and thorough investigation which allowed us to promptly charge the defendants.”

In a statement, the State’s Attorney’s Office said, “Our condolences and sympathy go out to Mr. Thomas’ loved ones. Justice will be served for the monstrous acts of the defendants.”

The Granite City Police Department said in a statement that it “would like to extend our condolences to the family of Mr. Thomas for their loss.”