UPDATE: Bakana arrested in Kentucky after being found guilty of murder

Michael Bakana
Michael Bakana(McLean County Jail)
Published: May. 12, 2023 at 11:48 AM CDT|Updated: May. 12, 2023 at 3:59 PM CDT
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UPDATE 5:19 pm: Bloomington Police confirm that Michael Bakana has been taken into custody, hours after being found guilty of murder, attempted murder, and aggravated battery/discharge of a firearm.

In a statement, Police say they worked with the United States Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force to develop information related to Bakana’s travels and location.

He was taken into custody around 4 PM Friday afternoon in Lexington, Kentucky without incident.

No further information about Bakana’s capture has been released.

Chief of Police, Jamal Simington advised, “The hard work of the Bloomington Police Officers, Detectives and staff to bring justice to the victim and the victim’s family is always the highest focus! I applaud them for their diligent efforts and the many work hours a case of this magnitude takes. Concerning Bakana’s capture by the United States Marshal Service, the collaboration and commitment to bringing defendants to justice is commendable.”

UPDATE 3:56 P.M. - Bakana will be sentenced to no less than 45 years and up to natural life in the Illinois Department of Corrections, according to a release from McLean County State’s Attorney Erika Reynolds said in a release.

He will be required to serve 100 percent of any sentence imposed.

His sentencing is scheduled for June 22 at 11 a.m.

UPDATE 2:26 P.M. - The jury has found Michael Bakana guilty of murder, attempted murder and aggravated battery/discharge of a firearm.

McLEAN COUNTY (25News Now) - The jury is now deliberating the fate of Michael Bakana as he remains missing from his own murder trial.

Closing arguments lasted around two hours Friday with the state saying this case is about retribution and revenge.

His defense was able to argue self-defense and said the two women involved in this case inflicted violence on Bakana and committed two crimes against him - pushing him into a wall and spitting on him.

The shooting left one woman dead and another woman permanently disfigured.

The jury is deciding on the three charges - including first-degree murder.

Bakana remains missing after he cut off his GPS ankle monitor in Normal Monday.

He forfeited his $200,000 cash bond by not appearing in court.