Process being determined for returning Mays to B-N in Riley Drive murders
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Process being determined for returning Mays to B-N in Riley Drive murders


BLOOMINGTON — The legal process for returning the suspect in a June 18 triple homicide to Bloomington was still being determined Friday after the man's arrest during a drug bust Thursday night in Milwaukee. 

Sydney T. Mays Jr., 25, of the 1400 block of West Market Street, Bloomington, is accused of killing three people and injuring a 4-year-old boy at an apartment on Riley Drive. He was taken into custody by Milwaukee police along with several others on suspicion of drug offenses.

A team of Bloomington Police Department detectives and staff from the McLean County State's Attorney's Office traveled to Milwaukee on Friday to meet with authorities there about the case. A police statement said the case "remains an active investigation," and BPD is asking the public for any additional information related to Mays or the homicides. 

First Assistant State's Attorney Brad Rigdon declined to talk specifically about the Mays arrest on Friday, noting the pending investigation and the lack of formal charges filed in McLean County. But he said the process of returning a suspect from another state requires compliance with that state's extradition laws, a process that could take some time.

If Wisconsin files drug charges against Mays, authorities in the two states will coordinate that piece of the legal process as well.

The arrest of Mays was announced early Friday by Bloomington police, who have been investigating the triple murder since the shooting on June 18.

The department said no other information would be released, but Chief Clay Wheeler praised BPD staff for their work in the Riley Drive case and the June 10 double homicide on Orchard Road.

"I, once again, am very proud of the work our employees have been doing on these cases. The detectives have worked long hours and the support they get from the civilian staff has been tremendous," said Wheeler.

Mays is named in McLean County warrants charging him with six counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated battery.

He is accused of fatally shooting Nate Pena, and Corey Jackson, both 22, and Juan Carlos Perez, 33. The 4-year-old boy, identified as Pena's son, was wounded.

A review of court records shows Mays failed to appear June 27 for a court appearance on a pending domestic battery case. He also is charged with interfering with the filing of a domestic violence report.

Mays’ criminal history includes a string of misdemeanor and traffic offenses in McLean County.

He currently is on probation for a 2016 burglary conviction. That same year, he pleaded guilty and was given court supervision for assault.

Mays' arrest means all suspects are in custody in connection with fatal shootings dating back to April 25 in the Twin Cities.

Hammet Brown is charged with killing Taneshiea Brown, 20, and Steven Alexander Jr. 18, on June 10 as they stood outside a large gathering at 1221 Orchard Road. Kenleia Sims and Tyree Jones also were shot, but survived their wounds.

In the April 25 case, Christopher Harris, 18, is charged with murder in the shooting deaths of Jody Gardner, 20, and Reggie Hart Jr., 19, both of Bloomington, at an apartment at Lancaster Heights in Normal.

Contact Edith Brady-Lunny at (309) 820-3276. Follow her on Twitter: @pg_blunny

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