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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Oak Park Man Pleads Guilty to Recording Studio Killing

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that an Oak Park man accused of shooting to death twenty-seven-year-old Sanchez Townes-Elliot of Glendale Heights has entered a plea of guilty to one count of Second Degree Murder, a Class 1 Felony. Owen Reneau, 32 (d.o.b. 3/31/1988) of 324 Maple, appeared in Court this morning in front of Judge Brian Telander who accepted his guilty plea.

On June 3, 2018, Reneau and others were at a basement recording studio located in the 24W700 block of Lake Street in unincorporated Roselle when Townes-Elliot displayed a handgun. An acquaintance of Reneau told him that the gun made her uncomfortable at which time Townes-Elliot placed the gun on a table. Reneau then took the gun off the table which started an altercation between the two men. Reneau then shot Townes-Elliot with the handgun and fled the scene. Several weeks later Reneau was located at a relative’s home in suburban Baltimore, Maryland. He was extradited back to DuPage County where his bond was set at $5 million with 10% to apply. He has been held in custody at the DuPage County Jail since that time.

“This morning, Mr. Reneau took responsibility for the death of Sanchez Townes Elliot,” Berlin said. “While his admission of guilt will not bring Mr. Townes-Elliot back to those who loved him and miss him, perhaps it will provide some solace to them knowing that the man responsible for his death will be held accountable. I would like to thank the numerous agencies involved in this case, particularly the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys James Scaliatine, Claudia Fantauzzo and Anthony Pasquini for their efforts in preparing a strong case that led to today’s guilty plea.”

Reneau’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 24, 2020 for sentencing.