ROCK ISLAND - Cory Gregory was given the maximum sentence of 45 years in prison for killing, burning and dismembering 16-year-old Adrianne Reynolds.
In January 2005 there was a fight between teenagers in a Taco Bell parking lot that left Reynolds dead. Then at a farm in Millersberg, Illinois, the teens burned and dismembered her body before hiding the remains at Blackhawk State Park.
One of the teens, Cory Gregory, led police to Reynolds' body just days after the murder.
Adrianne's uncle Mike McCollum says if it weren't for Gregory, this case might be unsolved like the murder of his friend Jone Knapton.
"They never would have found her body," he said. "They'd still be looking for her."
Adrianne's father Tony Reynolds says he'll never forgive Cory Gregory and Sarah Kolb for taking away his daughter, even though Gregory did plead guilty to the crime, which saved the family the agony of a third trial.
"I didn't want anybody to think just because he showed them where the body was that he'd done anyone a favor," he said. "He put it there."
On the other side of the courtroom on Monday was Cory Gregory's mother Theresa Gregory, who wept when her son's future was handed down. Gregory will get out of prison in his 60s.
"I love my son Cory very much and I hope that some day the Reynolds family can find peace and forgiveness," she said.
Before handing down the maximum sentence, Judge Walter Braud said one thing missing from the plea deal is 'why and what actually happened to Adrianne.' That's something the Reynolds family doesn't expect to ever hear.
Today they did hear an apology. Gregory said he would give his life to bring Adrianne back.
"I guess he's glad he said it," said Tony Reynolds. "I guess I'm glad I heard it. It doesn't change a whole lot. It still won't bring Adrianne back."
Cory Gregory will serve all of the 40 years for the murder charge. He gets no credit for good behavior. But he does get credit for time served on the concealment charge.
Gregory's attorney doesn't expect an appeal to be filed.
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