Murder of Adrienne Reynolds
The murder of East Moline, Illinois, teenager
Adrianne Leigh Reynolds made national headlines. She was
strangled, beaten, burned, and dismembered by her classmates Sarah
Anne Kolb and Cory Gregory on January 21, 2005.
People involved in the incident
Adrianne Reynolds was originally from
Kilgore, Texas. She moved to East Moline, Illinois, when she was 16 to
live with her biological father and her stepmother, Tony and Joann
Reynolds. She began attending Black Hawk College Outreach Center in
November 2004 to earn her GED so she could realize her dream of
joining the Marines. While there, she met fellow students Sarah Kolb
and Cory Gregory.
Sarah Kolb was reportedly a popular girl at
the Outreach Center, and a self-identified Juggalette. She lived with
her mother and stepfather in the nearby town of Milan, Illinois. When
Adrianne started in the school, she befriended Sarah's friend Cory
Gregory and boyfriend Sean McKitrick. Sarah threatened to kill
Adrianne on numerous occasions, but she was not taken seriously.
Cory Gregory was also a Juggalo, and
originally attended Moline High School but later transferred to the
Outreach Center, where he met Sarah. He lived with his mother at the
time of the incident. In January 2005, Adrianne reportedly asked Cory
out, which angered Sarah.
On the afternoon of January 21, 2005, Sarah invited
Adrianne to join her, Cory, and Sean for lunch at Taco Bell; on the
way there, Sarah and Adrianne reportedly began fighting. In the
parking lot, Cory held down Adrianne while Sarah strangled her with a
belt and beat her with a wooden handle.
After the murder, Sarah and Cory took Adrianne's
body to Sarah's grandparents' farm in Aledo, Illinois, where they
tried to burn it with gasoline. When it failed to burn after several
hours, they recruited Nathan Gaudet, a 16-year-old boy from Moline, to
help dismember the body. Nathan used his grandfather's handsaw to
remove Adrianne's head and arms and placed them in a garbage bag. The
three teenagers ate lunch at McDonald's, then later disposed of the
garbage bag at the Black Hawk State Park.
Adrianne's parents reported her missing after she
failed to show up to work at Checkers restaurant. Authorities
discovered Adrianne's remains a few days later on January 26, 2005.
Arrests and trials
Sarah Kolb and Cory Gregory were both charged with
two counts of first-degree murder and concealment of a homicide on
February 1, 2005; they both pled not guilty.
Sarah was the first to go to trial, which began on
October 31, 2005, at the Rock Island County Courthouse. After two
weeks of trial and 15 hours of deliberation, the trial jury was unable
to reach a unanimous verdict on any of the three charges. One juror
opted for acquittal, while eleven were in favor of conviction.
At her retrial on February 6, 2006, in Dixon,
Illinois, Sarah was convicted on all counts. At sentencing a few
months later, she received a total of 53 years in prison for murder
and concealment: 48 years for murder and five years for concealment.
She is serving her sentence at the Dwight Correctional Center.
In the meantime, Cory Gregory pled guilty to all
charges against him. On July 10, 2006, he was sentenced to 45 years in
prison: 40 for murder and five for concealment. He is serving his
sentence at the Menard Correctional Center.
Nathan Gaudet was also charged with concealment for
helping to dismember Adrianne. He pled guilty and was given a juvenile
sentence of five years. He was released from juvenile detention on
November 11, 2008, after serving almost four years. On April 16, 2012,
Nathan Gaudet died in an automobile accident in Indiana.
This case has been discussed or portrayed on
Dateline NBC in October 2006; Deadly Women in December
2010; E! Investigates in June 2011, and Snapped in
Sarah Kolb Sentenced
By Kerry Hall - Whbf.com
August 29, 2006
Rock Island, IL
- Convicted killer Sarah Kolb was found guilty in February of
murdering and dismembering 16-year-old Adrianne Reynolds of East
After months of sentencing delays, Kolb found out
her punishment last Tuesday. The state's attorney said today that
this murder, and the cover-up that followed, was an act of evil.
The judge seemed to agree. He handed Kolb a 53
year sentence out of a possible 65 years.
Kolb showed no reaction when her sentence was
handed down. Forty-eight years for Reynolds' murder and five for
concealing the death.
With her lawyer's request for a minimum sentence of
20 years turned down, Kolb will be an old woman when she gets out of
"Clearly the sentence is based on seeing her as a
life-long murderer who will do it again. I don't see it that way,"
said Defense Attorney David Hoffman.
Kolb read a letter to the courtroom. Without
admitting to the murder, it says she wishes she had done more to
prevent Reynolds' death. She read 'I felt no feeling as she died.
There's no excuse why I couldn't turn off my not-feeling to feel.'
But friends and family speaking on her behalf say
they don't see Kolb as a cold-blooded killer. One says Sarah
encouraged him to go to school. Another says Sarah shaved her head,
like she did after her conviction, to show support when the girl's
mother was battling cancer.
They're acts of compassion the state's attorney
says Kolb didn't show the day Adrianne Reynolds was murdered.
"To kill somebody because you don't like them, to
kill somebody because you had an argument with them, it's senseless,"
said Jeff Terronez. "Absolutely senseless."
From here, Kolb will likely ask the judge to
reconsider the sentence before filing an official appeal. It's hard
to know exactly how Kolb feels, but earlier Tuesday she said she can't
stop thinking about a song lyrice that says 'I would change the past
if I had one wish.'
Cory Gregory, pleaded guilty in April. He is
serving 40 years at the maximum security prison at Menard in southern
Kolb sentenced to 53 years
By Barb Ickes - Quad-Cities Times
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Sarah Kolb was sentenced today to 48 years in
prison for murder and five years for concealment of a homicide in the
January 2005 murder of Adrianne Reynolds.
The sentencing hearing for the 18-year-old wrapped
up shortly before 5 p.m. in Rock Island County Circuit Court.
She faced up to 65 years in jail 60 for murder and
another five years for concealing the murder.
The teenager herself testified during the hearing,
crying at one point and saying that no one cared about her. She also
said at another point that she felt nothing when Reynolds died.
Kolb, of Milan, Ill., was convicted in February on
two counts of first-degree murder and a charge of concealing the
Reynolds homicide. Reynolds, 16, of East Moline, was slain in January
2005, and her body was dismembered and buried in two different
Six defense witnesses, mostly teenage friends of
Kolb, took the stand during the first two hours of the sentencing
hearing. Several of the teens testified that she was a supportive
friend who helped them through problems.
One teen credited Kolb with saving her life, saying
she was suicidal and that Kolb found a way to show me compassion when
I needed it.
A teacher of Kolb's from the Blackhawk Outreach
Center in East Moline also took the stand, saying, "She was one of my
favorite students, and I think anyone in the building would say the
Kolb narrowly escaped conviction in her first
trial. A mistrial was declared after a Rock Island County jury
deadlocked 11-1 in favor of a conviction. The second trial was moved
to Dixon, Ill., on a change-of-venue motion that resulted from
extensive news media coverage of the case.
Her co-defendant, Cory Gregory, 18, of Moline, was
sentenced to 40 years for murder and five years for concealment of a
homicide. The sentence was the maximum allowed under a plea deal he
made with prosecutors. He has since asked to withdraw his guilty plea.
That motion is pending and is to be considered in coming months.
Joann Reynolds writes note to court
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Following is the letter, called a victim's impact
statement, written by Joann Reynolds, Adrianne Reynolds' stepmother.
The letter was read in court today during a sentencing hearing for
Sarah Kolb, the 18-year-old who was convicted of Reynolds' murder.
This is the hardest letter I have ever had to
write. Starting from the beginning when we realized Adrianne was
missing, Tony and I were frantic. We started making phone calls to
everyone we could think of.
When I finally got a hold of Sarah (Kolb), she was
cool as ice. Sarah told the story how she left Adrianne at McDonalds
after an argument. Sarah was very sincere.
After 5 days of hell we learned Adrianne was dead.
That's the worst news a parent can receive. We had to hear from the
media that Adrianne's body had been dismembered. I cannot begin to
tell you the visions I have in my head.
I have had to get counseling and go to the doctors
for sleeping pills, which I still take today. I still have problems
going out in public to have fun because I feel it's not right to have
fun after Adrianne's been murdered.
Your Honor, let me tell you about Adrianne.
Adrianne was a normal 16-year-old girl who liked
boys. Adrianne came here from Texas to start her life over. Like most
families we had problems, but together we were going through
counseling. Adrianne got through to my heart, and I never got the
chance to tell her I loved
I miss her, Your Honor.
Adrianne had dreams. She wanted to be an American
Idol. She loved to sing. Adrianne wanted to be a designer that did
detail paintings on cars. We were planning a graduation party for
Adrianne. She was working very hard to get her G.E.D.
Adrianne had dreams of being a marine.
Your Honor, since Jan. 21, 2005, I have not been
able to stop thinking what horror Adrianne had to go through.
I think about Adrianne crying in the car. I think
about Adrianne being strangled. I think about Adrianne?s burned-up
body. I think about her head and arms being in that manhole. You
Honor, what kind of a person can do this?
Your honor, Sarah asked for a fair trial and she
got it. What about Adrianne' Sarah didn't give Adrianne a fair trial.
She tried and convicted (her) and gave Adrianne the death penalty.
Adrianne just wanted to be Sarah?s friend.
Because Sarah cannot receive the death penalty
because she has laws to protect her, I ask you give her the max.
Because she is evil enough to have someone cut up Adrianne?s body, I
ask you give her the max.
Because Sarah showed no remorse, I ask you give her
Because Adrianne is not ever coming home, I ask you
give her the max.
Adrianne just wasn?t anybody. She was Adrianne
Leigh Reynolds, and I want her to come home.
Your honor this could of been anybody?s daughter.
Please give her the max.
Your Honor, please do not take into consideration
that Cory Gregory only got 40 years. Sarah Kolb was the leader of the
pack. Sarah Kolb is the one who ordered Adrianne's death.
Your Honor, Sarah Kolb is a cold-blooded killer.
She shows no emotion. She is not sorry that she killed Adrianne. She's
sorry she got caught.
In her phone calls to the police she was cool as
ice. Sarah Kolb was in control of the whole situation.
Your Honor, 60 years is nothing compared to what
Adrianne Reynolds got. I just want her to come home. Please give Sarah
Thank you, Your Honor.
Teen guilty of killing, dismembering classmate
Illinois girl, 16, was choked, beaten and cut up
after argument over boys
February 23, 2006
The stepmother of a 16-year-old girl whose body was
burned, sawed and hidden in two counties said the teen convicted in
the killing is “a girl without a soul.”
“She didn’t cry, I didn’t see nothing from her,”
Joann Reynolds said Wednesday after a jury found 17-year-old Sarah
Kolb guilty of first-degree murder and concealing a homicide in the
death of Adrianne Reynolds.
Kolb’s court-appointed attorney, though, said the
teen is not the vindictive killer portrayed by prosecutors. David
Hoffman said he spoke briefly with Kolb after the verdict.
“She was scared and anxious and now she’s probably
as depressed as hell. That’s the way I would be,” Hoffman said.
Adrianne Reynolds had just moved to East Moline
from Texas about two months before she was killed. Prosecutors said
she was just trying to fit in at a new school but picked the wrong
The verdict came in Kolb’s second trial in three
months. The first ended in a mistrial after a Rock Island County jury
deadlocked 11-1 in favor of conviction and the retrial was moved to
Dixon because of media coverage.
The Reynolds and Kolb families wept quietly as the
jury was polled. Kolb’s family declined comment as they left the
courthouse, but Hoffman said they were “devastated.”
Jurors declined comment as they rushed past a crowd
of reporters outside the courthouse.
Kolb faces up to 60 years in prison, but no
sentencing date has been set. Her ex-boyfriend, 18-year-old Cory
Gregory of East Moline, also is charged with first-degree murder and
concealing a homicide. He has pleaded not guilty and is to stand trial
Prosecutors allege Kolb, Reynolds and Gregory were
in Kolb’s car at a Moline fast-food restaurant when a fight began Jan.
21, 2005. Authorities have determined that Reynolds was killed in the
In closing arguments this week, Prosecutor Jeff
Terronez said Kolb wrote in a class journal that she was going to kill
Reynolds just hours before Reynolds was beaten and strangled. Several
witnesses testified that Kolb made similar threats in the weeks before
Hoffman told jury that Gregory killed Reynolds,
citing testimony by a woman who saw Kolb alone in the car’s front
Terronez told jurors that Kolb likely did not kill
Reynolds, but still was accountable by law because she instigated the
fight and aided in the death by choking and beating Reynolds before
Gregory “finished her off".
New Murder Trial Set For Sarah Kolb
By Nicol Lally - Whbf.com
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
The retrial of accused killer Sarah Kolb has been
scheduled for February sixth. That decision came Wednesday at a
special hearing at the Rock Island County Courthouse.
Kolb's defense lawyer David Hoffman says he will
probably ask for a change of venue, moving the trial to another
county. Hoffman says all the publicity during her first trial could
make it difficult for Kolb to get an unbiased jury in the Quad
Cities. The change of venue request could come next week.Where the
trial takes place is ultimately up to the judge.
Kolb's first trial ended in a mistrial on November
16th. Only one of the jurors, Murk Hurty of Moline, voted NOT to
Kolb is accused of killing and dismembering 16-year
old Adrianne Reynolds of East Moline. Kolb's co-defendant, 17-year old
Cory Gregory of Moline, goes on trial February 21st.
Wednesday, November 16, 3:40pm
The judge at the Sarah Kolb murder trial has
declared a mistrial. After 15 hours of deliberating, the jury was
unable to reach a verdict on any of the three charges. Kolb was
charged with two counts of first degree murder and one count of
concealing a homicide. We will have a live report on Channel 4
Eyewitness News at 5, and a full wrap-up of the day's events on
Channel 4 Eyewitness News at 10.
Wednesday, November 16, 11:10am
The jury at the Sarah Kolb trial has asked the
judge what "presumption of innocence" means. He has told them. The
jury has also ordered lunch.
Wednesday, November 16, 10:00am
The jury at the Sarah Kolb murder trial has begun a
second day of deliberations.
Tuesday, November 15, 6:25pm
The jury at the Sarah Kolb murder trial met with
the judge at 4:30pm. The jurors told the judge they were having
difficulty on the legal definition of "intent." The judge said he
would provide them with that legal definition. The jury did not reach
a verdict today; deliberations will resume tomorrow at 9am.
Tuesday, November 15, 4:25pm
The jury at the Sarah Kolb murder trial has
deliberated all day without reaching a verdict. They must decide if
Kolb is guilty on two counts of first degree homicide and one count of
concealing a homicide in the death of 16 year old Adrianne Reynolds.
The judge set 4:30pm for a meeting with the jurors to decide if they
would continue deliberating today, or start again tomorrow. We will
bring you the latest as it becomes available.
Tuesday, November 15, 9:40am
The Sarah Kolb murder trial is now in the hands of
Tuesday, November 15th, 9:15am
The Sarah Kolb murder trial has resumed at the Rock
Island County courthouse. Jury instructions began at 9 o'clock.
Afterwards, the jurors will begin deliberations.
Monday, November 14th, 4:00pm
Closing arguments are done at the Sarah Kolb murder
trial. Court is over for the day. The jury will be back at 9 o'clock
tomorrow morning. The judge will give the jurors their instructions,
and they will be sent off to deliberate.
Just before court ended today, the judge dismissed
a female juror. An alternate will replace her. Neither the defense
nor prosecution would say why the juror was dismissed. Defense
Attorney David Hoffman DID say she did nothing wrong.
The jury must decide if Kolb is guilty on two
counts of first degree homicide, and one count of concealing a
This morning, before the defense rested, Sarah Kolb
took the witness stand again. Kolb disputed earlier testimony by a
woman who said she had seen Kolb sitting on co-defendent Cory
Gregory's lap the night of the murder. The prosecution used the
woman's testimony to show that Kolb was NOT afraid of Gregory as she
claimed. Today, Kolb said the witness was drunk that night, and her
testimony was wrong. Gregory faces the same charges as Kolb. He will
be tried in February.
During his final rebuttal, prosecutor Jeff Terronez
refuted Kolb's claim that the witnesses were all lying about her.
Terronez said he had heard there had been a party at The Mark. He said
it was called, "The Let's All Get Together And Frame Sarah Kolb
Friday, November 11th, 9:00am
Due to Veterans' Day the Sarah Kolb murder trial
will resume on Monday morning. Channel 4 Eyewitness news reporter
Nicol Lally has more in depth detail from Thursday's testimony...
Sarah Kolb was composed and confident as she
answered questions from defense attorney David Hoffman. She began by
describing the first time she saw Adrianne Reynolds during a smoking
break at the Black Hawk Outreach Center.
She described Reynolds as a "very pretty girl" and
said she was "very attracted to her." Kolb was interested in a
relationship with Reynolds, but said she wanted to get to know her
better. The two wrote several letters to each other. Kolb wanted to
take the relationship slow because she said she had just had a bad
break-up with another girl.
Things started to sour between the two girls in
December. Kolb became upset that Reynolds was having sex with boys.
She told jurors by then she "didn't want a future with Adrianne
That's when Kolb said Reynolds began to annoy her
with phone calls every hour and notes at school. Kolb and Reynolds had
very little contact with one another by the end of December. Kolb
refused to answer phone calls and threw away the notes.
On January 21st, Kolb picked up Cory Gregory and
her boyfriend Sean McKittrick and headed to school. She said she was
in a good mood that day because she didn't have to work When the group
got to school, there were rumors going around that Kolb was going to
beat Reynolds up.
Later in the day, Kolb found out Reynolds wanted to
steal her boyfriend. That news made Kolb angry. She admits to writing
a journal entry about "wanting to (expletive) kill her" because she
The two never argued in school, as other witnesses
testified. Kolb said Reynolds approached her crying. Reynolds was very
upset about having no friends and no one to talk to. Kolb said she
felt bad for her and invited Reynolds to lunch, even though she still
didn't like her.
Kolb confronted Reynolds about her feelings for
McKittrick in her car in the Taco Bell parking lot. Reynolds told her
she "thought he was hot." Kolb said she "freaked out" when she heard
this and grabbed Reynolds by her hair.
She said she told Reynolds to stay away from all of
them. Reynolds curled up in a fetal position in the front seat of the
car and stopped fighting. Kolb said she stopped fighting then because
she "felt small" when Reynolds wouldn't fight back.
Kolb said Gregory is the one who pulled Reynolds
into the back seat. Kolb said Reynolds tried to get out of the car,
but couldn't free herself from Gregory. Kolb said when she looked in
the back seat, she saw Reynolds across Gregory's lap and he had a
stick against her throat.
When Kolb told him to stop, he hit Kolb in the face
with the stick. Kolb said he was hysterical and told her this had to
happen. When Gregory told her Reynolds was dead, Kolb said she was in
shock and didn't know what to do. She said that's when Gregory wrapped
his belt around Reynolds neck, covered her with his coat and they
drove to Kolb's house in Milan.
Kolb said she followed all of Gregory's
instructions about where to drive and when to put the body in her
trunk because she was frightened. She turned and faced the jury and
said "I was scared of him. I just saw him kill somebody." Kolb
described driving to Big Island in Milan and Gregory putting the body
in the trunk. She said when she opened the back door to her car,
Reynolds body fell out and Kolb looked at the body and noticed that
Adrianne's eyes were open. At that point, Kolb decided she could no
longer be involved with this situation.
Kolb and Gregory then took Reynolds' body to a
remote part of Kolb's grandparent's farm in Millersburg, IL. She said
they made five trips to the that part of the farm on Friday. Kolb said
it was Gregory who wrapped Reynolds' body in a blue tarp, doused it
with gasoline and set it on fire. Kolb turned her back and said she
couldn't watch. It was during the burning that Kolb said Gregory
threatened to kill her, her family and even her cats if she told
anybody or did anything.
When defense attorney David Hoffman asked Kolb,
"Did you strangle her?", she said "No."
During cross examination, Kolb's demeanor changed
while answering questions from State's Attorney Jeff Terronez. She
told Terronez she never told others she knocked Reynolds' teeth out.
She said many of the witnesses the prosecution called were wrong and
she didn't know where they gotten their stories.
When Terronez asked why she never told anyone what
happened when she had the opportunity, Kolb said she couldn't and then
asked, "Has anyone ever threatened you?" Judge James Teros told Kolb
to stop answering with questions. At the end of cross examination,
Terronez had Kolb read her journal entry dated January 21st. In front
of the jury, Kolb read the words "I'll (expletive) kill her."
Kolb was on the stand for nearly three hours. She
showed little emotion, except for a few heated exchanges with
Terronez. During the testimony, several of her family members cried
and consoled one another.
Thursday, November 10th, 4:30pm
Sarah Kolb took the stand in her own defense
Thursday. She said she didn't kill Adrianne Reynolds, that Cory
Gregory did. She also explained why she never told police what
happened when she had the chance.
Defense Attorney David Hoffman got his chance,
Thursday, to present his case. He called 5 witnesses, including the
defendant Sarah Kolb. In her 2 hour testimony she talked about her
relationship with Reynolds up to the day of the murder. Kolb admits to
inviting Reynolds to lunch at Taco Bell and said she grabbed her hair
and told her to stay away from her friends. She said Reynolds pulled
away and the two never hit each other. She said Cory Gregory is the
one who pulled Reynolds in the back seat and ultimately killed her by
strangling her with a stick. Kolb said she tried to stop Gregory and
he hit her with the stick breaking her hose. Kolb then admits to
taking the body to the farm in Millersburg, but she did not take part
in the burning. She said Gregory threatened to kill her if she told
anyone. During cross examination, Kolb became angry with State's
Attorney Jeff Terronez, even questioning some of his questions.
The defense has not rested, they could still
present rebuttal evidence. Court is closed for Veterans' Day Friday.
The trial resumes Monday at 10:30am.
Thursday, November 10th, Noon
The Sarah Kolb murder trial is in a lunch break.
Testimony resumes at one o'clock when Sarah Kolb is expected to take
the stand in her own defense.
Thursday, November 10th, 10:00am
As expected the prosecution rested this morning and
the defense took over. Defense Attorney David Hoffman has called four
witnesses so far.
Currently on the stand is Mike Scheckel. Scheckel
is a Special Agent for the Illinois State Police and the lead
investigator in the Adrianne Reynolds case.
The defense also said Sarah Kolb will be taking the
stand; possibly even today.
Thursday, November 10th, 9:00am
This morning, when the trial resumes, the
prosecution is expected to rest.
Wednesday, November 9th, Noon
The Sarah Kolb murder trial has wrapped up for the
day. Proceedings resume tomorrow at nine o'clock in the morning.
Today, Prosecutor Jeff Terronez called his final three witnesses.
First on the stand was East Moline police officer
Josh Allen. He was the first to call Kolb the day Reynolds was
reported missing. The tape of the phone call was played in court
On the tape, Kolb says she dropped Reynolds off at
an East Moline McDonalds earlier in the day. She also said Reynolds
was wearing an unmissable bright orange hoodie. Kolb told the officer
she and Reynolds were not friends, but that she agreed to give
Reynolds a ride anyhow. Kolb said she had gotten at least 15 voice
mails on her cell phone from Reynolds' family.
Kolb said Reynolds' brother was hostile to her on
the phone. Kolb asked the officer if she were in trouble, and if there
was a warrant out for her.
The tape ends with Kolb asking the officer to call
her cell phone if he hears anything at all about Reynolds.
The next two witnesses were teenaged girls who had
been held at the same juvenile detention center with Kolb. Both
testified that Kolb talked about a fight with Reynolds and that
Reynolds had passed out.
Prosecutors have called 42 witnesses so far.
Terronez says he wants to review everything that's been presented in
court, make sure nothing has been omitted, and then rest his case,
The defense is expected to call at least five
witnesses. Defense lawyer David Hoffman says he is not yet sure if
Kolb will take the stand in her own defense.
Tuesday, November 8th, 10:45am
Nathan Gaudet took the stand in the Sarah Kolb
Murder Trial this morning. Guadet has already confessed to helping to
cut up and hide Adrianne Reynolds' body. He is serving time in a
juvenile detention facility.
Gaudet told the courtroom that he wasn't with Kolb
and Gregory on Friday, January 21st. He said he met up with them on
Saturday, January 22nd. Gaudet said Kolb and Gregory asked him, "What
would you do if you killed somebody?" Then Kolb and Gregory told him
they killed Adrianne Reynolds.
Gaudet said Sarah Kolb hit Adrianne Reynolds in the
face and then hit her over the head with a stick. Then Cory Gregory
held Reynolds arms while Sarah Kolb strangled her to death.
Kolb and Gregory told Gaudet after they strangled
Reynolds that blood started coming out of her mouth.
Gaudet said Cory Gregory wrapped his belt around
Adrianne Reynolds neck while driving to Big Island and once Gregory
and Kolb got to Big Island they moved the body into the trunk and
headed out to Millersburg.
Gaudet said they burned Reynolds' body for 6 hours.
When Kolb and Gregory were done telling Gaudet
about the murder he said the three of them discussed a plan to dispose
of the body. He said Kolb and Gregory picked him up on Sunday,
January, 23rd, at his grandma's house in Moline, Illinois. Gaudet said
he brought the saw and the three of them went to the farm in
Millersburg where they decided to cut up the body.
Nathan Gaudet said he is the one who cut up the
body because he wanted to help keep Sarah and Cory out of jail.
Gaudet said the reason the teens hid the body in
different areas was to split up dental records and finger prints.
Gaudet said it was Sarah's idea.
Tuesday, November 8th, 9:00am
Testimony resumes at 9:30 this morning at the Sarah
Kolb murder trial. The prosecution is expected to call Nathan Gaudet
to the stand. The 16 year old Gaudet has already pled guilty to
helping Kolb burn, dismember, and hide Adrianne Reynolds' body.
Monday, November 7th, 4:10pm
Two witnesses took the stand after today's lunch
break at the Sarah Kolb murder trial. They were Kolb's grandfather
Brian Engle and her cousin John Engle.
The two men work the Millersburg farm where parts
of Adrianne Reynolds' body were found. The men testified that they saw
Kolb and Gregory at the farm after 6:00pm on January 21st. Kolb told
the men she was showing Gregory around.
Nathan Gaudet is expected to take the witness stand
tomorrow. Gaudet has already pled guilty to helping burn, dismember,
and hide Reynold's body. He is serving time in a juvenile detention
Channel 4 Eyewitness News reporter Nicol Lally will
be back in the court room when testimony resumes at 9:30 Tuesday
Monday, November 7th, 1:30pm
Testimony resumed a short time ago at the Sarah
Kolb murder trial. We will have updates for you as details come out of
the court room. Reporter Nicol Lally will also have a live report from
the court house for you this evening on Channel 4 Eyewitness News at
5, and a full wrap up of the day's events on Channel 4 Eyewitness News
Monday, November 7th, 11:15am
Things are moving ahead of schedule. Six people
took the stand before lunch. The last was Mary Engle, Sarah Kolb's
grandmother. Engle said she saw Kolb on the afternoon of the 21st at
Treasure Hunt in Aledo, a store she manages. It was Engle's birthday,
and Engle thought Kolb had come to say, "Happy birthday." Cory Gregory
was with Kolb. Engle described Kolb as quiet and fidgety that day. The
three went to Engle's house. A short time later, Kolb and Gregory
returned to Milan. After her testimony, Engle broke down in tears in
the hallway outside the court room.
Testimony resumes at one o'clock. Nicol Lally will
also have a live report from the Rock Island Court House tonight on
Channel 4 Eyewitness News at 5... and a wrap-up of the day's events on
Channel 4 Eyewitness News at 10.
Monday, November 7th, 10:25am
In just 90 minutes this morning the prosecution has
called 5 people to the stand.
The first two witnesses called this morning were an
older couple. Both of them testified that they were eating lunch at
Taco Bell on January 21st, 2005. They said they noticed a red car and
something going on inside the car. The couple identified Sarah Kolb
and said she was sitting in the passenger seat of the car and that it
seemed like there was a fight going on in the back of the car.
The third witness to take the stand this morning
was Sarah Kolb's father, Darrin Klauer. He testified that nothing
seemed unusual on January 21st. He said he saw Sarah around two
o'clock in the afternoon and Cory Gregory was with her.
The fourth witness to take the stand was Della
Smoldt, Sarah's aunt. She told the courtroom that she runs Treasure
Hunt, a family owned business in Aledo. Smoldt said see saw Sarah and
Cory Gregory around 4:00pm that day. She said she noticed a flesh
scratch on Sarah's face. Sarah told Smoldt that Gregory had been
wrestling with Kolb and that's how Kolb's face got scratched.
The fifth witness to take the stand this morning
was another classmate of Sarah's. The witness testified that nothing
seemed unusual the day of January 21st.
Monday, November 7th
Testimony at the Sarah Kolb murder trial resumed at
9:00 o'clock this morning.
Friday, November 4th, 4:05pm
Testimony at the Sarah Kolb murder trial has
finished for the week. Proceedings will resume at nine o'clock Monday
In Friday afternoon's testimony, another former
classmate of Kolb and Adrianne Reynolds took the stand. She testified
that on January 21st Kolb asked her if hitting someone on the back of
the head could kill them.
The former classmate said Kolb seemed emotionless
when she asked the question. She also testified Kolb told her she was
going to take a girl to a farm and beat her with a stick.
The former classmate said she didn't tell school
officials about the conversation until the following Wednesday, five
days after Reynolds disappeared.
Also on Friday afternoon, a man who knew neither
Kolb nor Reynolds took the stand. He said he had lunch at the Moline
Taco Bell on January 21st.
The man said he was leaving the restaurant when he
saw people in a car and a lot of commotion. He testified it looked
like someone was getting beat up, and the car was rocking back and
The man testified that he left the parking lot
because he thought it was just teenagers fooling around.
Court sources tell Channel 4 Eyewitness News that
Nathan Gaudet will take the witness stand next week, possibly on
Tuesday. Gaudet is a former schoolmate of Kolb and Reynolds. He was
not charged in Reynolds' murder. But, he did plead guilty as a
juvenile to helping burn, dismember and hide Reynolds' body.
Channel 4 Eyewitness News reporter Nicol Lally will
be back in the court room on Monday morning.
Friday, November 4th, 1:00pm
Testimony has resumed at the Sarah Kolb murder
trial. We will have updates for you as details come out of the court
room. Reporter Nicol Lally will also have a live report from the court
house for you this evening on Channel 4 Eyewitness News at 5, and a
full wrap up of the day's events on Channel 4 Eyewitness News at 10.
Friday, November 4th, Noon
The Sarah Kolb murder trial is in a lunch break at
11:40am. Since our earlier update at 10:30am, here is some of what's
The prosecution introduced a journal kept by Kolb
as an English class project. On the January 21st entry, Kolb wrote
that she might possibly be expelled... and also wrote, "I'll
(expletive) kill her."
A former schoolmate of Kolb took the stand. James
Kettering said Kolb had told him she was angry with Reynolds and was,
"going to beat her (expletive.)"
Kettering testified he was invited to go to lunch
with Kolb and Reynolds on January 21st, but he had other plans.
Kettering said that when Kolb left for lunch she
said, "I'm going to go have fun."
There was a new face today in the courtroom. Cheryl
Ashcraft sat with the family of Adrianne Reynolds. Ashcraft is the
sister of the late Jone Knapton of East Moline. Knapton went missing
in July of 2003. Like Reynolds, Knapton's dismembered body was later
found in the countryside. Despite the work of a special police task
force, no one has ever been arrested for Knapton's murder.
Testimony resumes at one o'clock this afternoon.
Testimony resumed at 9 o'clock this morning at the
Sarah Kolb murder trial inside the Rock Island County Court House. 17
year old Kolb of Milan is accused of killing, burning, and
dismembering her classmate, 16 year old Adrianne Reynolds of East
During a short break in the trial at about 10:30
this morning, Channel 4 Eyewitness News reporter Nicol Lally reported
the following developments:
At the time of the murder, Sarah Kolb worked at the
Cinema 53 in Davenport. This morning, one of her former co-workers
took the witness stand.
The co-worker said that on January 22nd, the day
after Reynolds disappeared, the police called Kolb at Cinema 53. The
co-worker said Kolb seemed jumpy and nervous during the call.
Afterwards, the co-worker and Kolb had a
conversation. According to the co-worker, Kolb said she had gotten
into a fight with a girl in her car the day before.
The co-worker said Kolb asked her if the police
could look in her car.
The co-worker says she told Kolb that if the police
found anything in her car, but didn't find the girl, "you're screwed."
The co-worker testified that Kolb then described
the fight to her, including that she started choking the girl, and
that the girl spit blood.
The co-worker said Kolb told her that Cory Gregory
Sarah Kolb also said she didn't like the girl she
The co-worker testified that Kolb then changed her
story, saying Gregory had no involvement, and that the girl got loose
and ran into McDonald's.
At no point, testified the co-worker, did Kolb
mention Adrianne Reynolds by name.
The trial is now back in session.
Thursday, November 3rd
Testimony in Sarah Kolb's murder trial has ended
for Thursday. The trial resumes Friday morning at 9:00 o'clock.
On Thursday, the first person to testify was the
forensic pathologist who did the autopsy on Adrianne Reynold's body.
The pathologist said she could not determine the
exact cause of death, but that smothering and/or strangulation were a
strong possibility. She also said the body was dismembered and
The next person to testify was Sean McKittrick, a
classmate of both girls. McKittrick kept his head down and was visibly
nervous. Much of his testimony was mumbled, and the judge had to tell
him repeatedly to speak up.
McKittrick testified that he was Sarah Kolb's
boyfriend at the time of the murder.
McKittrick said that on January 21, 2005, he went
to lunch at Taco Bell on Moline's Avenue of the Cities in Sarah Kolb's
car. Adrianne Reynolds was in the front with Kolb. McKittrick was in
the back with another classmate, Cory Gregory.
McKittrick said Kolb asked Reynolds for a hug, then
grabbed Reynold's hair and started yelling at her. McKittrick says he
asked Sarah to stop, that it wasn't right.
According to McKittrick, Sarah Kolb said, "If you
don't like it, get out."
McKittrick said he got out of the car and walked
back to school.
McKittrick also testified that during the fight
Adrianne Reynolds was crying, but he never saw the girls hit each
McKittrick testified that later that night, he
spoke to Kolb on her cell phone for a split second but she didn't want
to talk. McKittrick said Cory Gregory got on the phone and they had a
10 minute conversation. Details of that conversation did not come out
in court Thursday morning.
On January 22nd, McKittrick said he saw Kolb at
Gregory's house. (McKittrick was living at Gregory's house at this
time.) McKittrick testified that Sarah then broke up with him. Sarah
told McKittrick she had lost all respect for him because McKittrick
told a neighbor about the Taco Bell incident.
On cross examination by Kolb's lawyer, McKittrick
said he left the car because there was going to be a fight. McKittrick
also said the driver's door on Kolb's car could not be opened from the
McKittrick also testified that Sarah Kolb was often
mean spirited and often talked about "kicking people's asses."
McKittrick and Kolb did not make eye contact during
McKittrick's testimony. When asked if he could identify Kolb in the
court room, McKittrick waved in Kolb's direction and said, "That's her
in the white shirt."
Both Kolb's family and Reynold's family were in the
crowded court room again Thursday.
After a break for lunch, testimony resumed at one
o'clock Thursday afternoon.
Several teenagers testified about a house in Rock
Island that was rented by a group of young people. The teens testified
that Sarah Kolb took Adrianne Reynolds to that house to see if
Reynolds were promiscuous.
According to the teen witnesses, Adrianne had sex
with two people at the house.
One teenager then testified that Sarah Kolb wanted
to "get with" Adrianne Reynolds, but didn't because she was
promiscuous. Neither attorney touched on the issue on whether Adrianne
and Sarah ever had a physical relationship.
One of the teenaged witnesses told the court Kolb
said she wanted to kill Reynolds.
Testimony resumes Friday morning at nine o'clock.
We will update our web coverage as details come out of the court room.
Wednesday, November 2nd
Opening arguments were made Wednesday morning.
Prosecutor Jeff Terronez told the jury that 16-year-old Adrianne
Reynolds was the new kid at Black Hawk Outreach Center and she was
just trying to make some friends. Terronez said Adrianne's fatal
mistake was annoying Sarah Kolb.
Terronez also laid out a timeline for the murder of
Reynolds, the burning of her body and the dismemberment. Terronez told
the jury that his list of witness will prove the timeline to be
Defense attorney David Hoffman told the jury this
would be a difficult case due to the variety of different stories they
will hear from witnesses. He told the jurors to pay attention to fact
and avoid opinion, rumors and heresay.
Terronez called nine witness to the stand on
Wednesday. Three were classmates of Kolb and Reynolds from Black Hawk
Outreach Center. Each answered questions that helped establish a
relationship between Reynolds and Kolb.
Two witnesses were East Moline police officers. One
of them had interviewed Kolb the day after Reynolds vanished. Audio
tapes of that interview were played in court today. In the tape, Kolb
tells the police officer she had no idea where Reynolds had gone.
Two investigators from the Illinois State Police
also testified. They showed videotapes of the two locations where
Reynold's body parts were found. However, there were no graphic
pictures, only video of the crime scenes.
Both Kolb's and Reynold's families were in the
crowded courtroom today.
Channel 4 Eyewitness News reporter Nicol Lally will
be back inside the court room tomorrow. She will bring you all the
details of the proceedings.
Tuesday, November 1st
Jury selection was completed Tuesday at the Sarah
Kolb murder trial. The panel consists of four men and eight women.
There are three alternates: two men and a woman.
Opening arguments begin Wednesday morning at nine
o'clock at the Rock Island County Court House.
Prosecutor Jeff Terronez says he is happy with the
jury. He believes they are 12 people who will keep open minds
throughout the trial.
Terronez and defense attorney David Hoffman both
say they're pleased and surprised at how quickly the proceedings have
17-year old Kolb and Co-defendant Cory Gregory each
face two counts of First Degree Murder and one count of Concealing a
Homicide in the death of Adrianne Reynolds. Gregory goes on trial in
Also at the court house for questioning on Monday
was the third teen involved in the case, Nathan Gaudet. He pled guilty
this Summer to helping hide Reynold's body.Gaudet did not appear in
the Kolb courtroom Monday, but he is expected to take the stand during
Also on the list of trial witnesses is Sean
McKittrick. McKittrick was in the car with Kolb, Gregory and Reynolds
on the day of the alleged murder, but he left before any crime was
committed. He does not face any charges.
Monday, October 31st
Jury selection began on Monday in the Sarah Kolb
murder trial. By lunchtime, three jurors from a pool of 75 had been
approved by both sides. During morning proceedings, Kolb smiled at her
The Milan teenager, and defendant beating and
strangling 16 year old Adrianne Reynolds, then burning and
dismembering her body. Kolb is now 17. Though only 16 when the murder
occurred in January, Kolb is being tried as an adult.
17-year old Gregory's trial is scheduled for
February. Kolb, Gregory, and Reynolds were classmates at the Black
Hawk Outreach Center, an alternative high school in East Moline. Other
students have said Kolb was jealous of Reynolds, a newcomer to the
The Kolb case is being tried by Rock Island State's
Attorney Jeff Terronez. The trial is expected to take two weeks.
During Monday's proceedings, a list of potential witnesses was
presented. The list included Nathan Gaudet, a teenager who plead
guilty to helping hide Reynold's murder. Gaudet is now serving time in
juvenile detention. Also on the list was Sean McKittrick. McKittrick
was in a car with Reynolds, Kolb, and Gregory but left when Kolb and
Reynolds began fighting. McKittrick has not been charged with any
Sarah Kolb, Cory Gregory And Nathan Gaudet
As a nurse who works in an acute care setting, I
find myself able to stomach the sort of things that those who choose
other career paths might not be able to tolerate.
A lunch break where I work usually involves eating
as quickly as we possibly can, and being frequently interrupted to
attend to situations that might ruin the average appetite. After
cleaning up blood or other bodily substances, I wash my hands and
return to our half-eaten meal for a couple more bites. That’s
right…while a sick patient is losing their lunch, I am often holding
their emesis basin wondering when I will be able to finish my lunch.
But even my well-trained stomach took one hell of a
leap when I read that after Sarah Kolb, 16, Cory Gregory, 17, and
Nathan Gaudet, 16, dismembered the body of Adrianne Reynolds, they
stopped at McDonald’s to enjoy some cheeseburgers before moving on to
the dump site that they chose for the head and arms of their victim. A
few days later, Cory Gregory lost the battle with his own conscience,
and investigators were finally able to inform the Reynolds family that
their daughter would not be coming home.
Sixteen-year-old Adrianne Reynolds was much like
any other teenage girl. Life was not perfect for her in Longview,
Texas, so to improve her situation she moved in with her adopted
father and step-mother in East Moline, Illinois.
She was a talented singer, enjoyed performing songs
for others, and could move listeners to tears with the sound of her
voice. Unfortunately, she did not take a great interest in school, and
with no high school credits to her name, she enrolled at Black Hawk
College Outreach to obtain her GED.
It was at this alternative high school where she
met Sarah Kolb and Cory Gregory in November, 2004. Although they
initially hit it off, the friendship quickly turned sour when Sarah
Kolb became jealous of the new girl in school who was attracting many
of the boys. According Gregory’s testimony, Sarah was bisexual and had
been interested in dating Adrianne herself, which only contributed to
After a heated argument in December, Adrianne tried
desperately to repair their friendship, while Sarah had a different
sort of resolution in mind. She told several classmates and even wrote
in her journal of her intentions to kill Adrianne.
On January 21, 2005, when Sarah and Cory invited
her to lunch to discuss the friendship, Adrianne accepted and got into
the car with them. The classmates drove to a nearby Taco Bell parking
lot where drama between the two girls erupted in broad daylight during
the busy lunch hour.
What exactly happened in the car is unclear,
because after their arrests Cory and Sarah did exactly what anyone
would expect-they pointed fingers at each other. Witnesses at Taco
Bell that day were unable to shed much light on the situation because
the winter air outside caused the car windows to fog up, thus
preventing a clear view of the inside of the car.
Yes, that is correct, there were witnesses who saw
that something was happening in the car, but quickly shrugged it off
as being nothing more than teenagers goofing around. Prosecutors
believe the story that the two allegedly shared with Nathan Gaudet;
that Cory held Adrianne’s arms while Sarah beat her with a wooden
handle and strangled her with a belt.
Cory Gregory: “They just started swinging at each
other and then Adrianne hits Sarah in the nose. Sara’s nose started
bleeding. So Sarah grabbed this wooden stick that she keeps in her car
for def — protection, she says, and started to hit her a couple times
with it and they kept fighting and wrestling and it moved to the back
Sarah’s on top of Adrianne and she choking Adrianne
and then Adrianne goes out and Sarah gets off her and sits in the car
– sits back in the front seat. We sit there and smoke a cigarette for
Regardless of what actually occurred in that car,
these two teenagers were responsible for the beating and strangling
death of Adrianne Reynolds, and they went on to prove this when they
tried to dispose of the body. The duo drove to another location, put
Adrianne’s body in the trunk of the car, and headed out to a farm
owned by Sarah’s grandparents.
Cory Gregory: “We pour the gasoline on her and
light her on fire.”
Rob Stafford, Dateline correspondent: “Who poured
Cory Gregory: “I poured the gasoline on the tarp.”
Stafford: “Who lit the match?”
Cory Gregory: “It was a butane lighter. I used the
lighter and lit it and then Sarah and I we just stood away and Sarah
laid her head on my shoulder. She just started crying, you know, so I
tried to sit there and comfort her.”
While the Reynold’s family was notifying police
that their daughter had not shown up to work at Checker’s restaurant
and that they believed she was missing, Cory and Sarah were trying to
figure out what to do next with Adrianne, because she didn’t turn to
ash as they expected she would:
Cory Gregory: “Sarah decides we need to get the
body off the land and says, ‘We gotta cut the body up.’ Sarah’s trying
to talk me into doing it. I’m like, ‘No, you know, I can’t do that,
you know.’ Lighting a fire’s one thing, but I can’t cut up a body. It
Stafford: “None of this is right, Cory.”
Cory Gregory: “I know, I know, none of this is
right, but I told her, ‘I can’t do this, you know. I won’t do it.’
Cory Gregory: “(Nathan Gaudet’s) into blood and
gore. He was the type of kid that’d go around killing animals and
stuff, so Sarah figured he might help.”
The following day, Cory and Sarah enlisted their
friend Nathan Gaudet to help them dispose of the body. Nathan, who
they knew had a fascination with blood, gore, and killing animals,
accompanied the other two teens to the farm with his grandfather’s
handsaw, where he proceeded to dismember Adrianne. They dumped the
torso and legs in a nearby ravine, and after grabbing a bite to eat,
they drove to Black Hawk Historic Site where they buried the rest of
her several feet below a manhole cover.
A few days later, Cory broke down and confessed to
his parents and then to the police, telling his version of what
happened to Adrianne:
Bert Gregory, Cory Gregory’s father: “He started
crying. And I started asking him questions, and he started breaking
down. He started crying more. So I knew something was up.”
“I just couldn’t even say anything. I just cried
and hugged him. And he says, ‘Mom, I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry.’ At
that point my heart was so broken, I didn’t even have words.”
“I said, ‘Did something happen to her in that car?’
And he started shaking his head, yes. He couldn’t talk.”
“I said, ‘Did she get hurt in the car?’ Shook his
head yes. I said, ‘Did she get hurt bad? He said really, really a
lot.’ I said, ‘Is she dead?’ He shook his head yes. I said, ‘Well
where’ she at?’ He just couldn’t – he couldn’t talk.”
Shortly after, Nathan’s grandmother notified police
of her grandson’s possible involvement after finding the bloody
Cory Gregory claimed that his participation in the
crime was only to help the girl he was in love with, Sarah Kolb,
because he did not want her to go to jail. Fortunately, despite Cory’s
original efforts, Sarah was tried as an adult. Unfortunately, on
Wednesday, November 16th, 2005, Kolb’s first trial ended in a
mistrial, after the jury failed to agree on a verdict.
Testimony began for Sarah Kolb’s retrial began on
February 8th, 2006, and three weeks later she was found guilty of two
counts of first degree murder and one count of concealing a homicide,
and sentenced to 53 years behind bars.
Cory Gregory pled guilty to the same crimes in May
of 2005 and will be serving a fabulous 45 years for his supposed
minimal participation. On, December 17th, 2009, his latest appeal was
denied by the 3rd District Appellate Court Of Illinois. Part of his
complaint was that he should have gotten a lesser sentence because he
was the one who lead authorities to Adrienne’s remains buried in
Blackhawk State Park in Rock Island.
Seriously folks, Gregory’s appeal actually whined
about that very thing (or words to that effect). The year before, when
Cory Gregory’s appeal was heard before the Circuit Court, the judge
called it a case of buyer’s remorse, referring to Gregory’s demand to
withdraw his guilty plea and be given a new trial.
Unfortunately, the justice system failed Adrianne
during the sentencing phase for Nathan. Plea bargaining and his age at
the time of the crime earned him a puny sentence of five years in
juvenile detention. Yes, that is correct – after doing the math in
your head you have probably concluded the horrifying truth. Nathan
Gaudet has already been released and is living freely among the rest
of us. Shall we begin the betting on when we see his name involved in
a crime again?