Golconda Pastor Says He Should Receive Money for Tip to FBI and Police

Jul 16, 2018

A southern Illinois pastor says he still hasn't received reward money for a tip he gave two years ago to the FBI and police about a man accused of shooting an officer.

Pastor John Kunath is pastor of Sulphur Springs Baptist Church in Golconda. He told authorities in 2016 that he believed Dracy "Clint" Pendleton broke into his church and also shot a Mahomet police officer. Illinois records show Pendleton died in a shootout near the church cemetery in May 2016.

Kunath says he doesn't understand why he hasn't received the FBI's $10,000 reward or the Champaign County Crime Stoppers' $1,000 reward. The 74-year-old says he'd like to use the money to repair his church.

Champaign police Sgt. Geoff Coon tells The News-Gazette that a tip ``must lead to an arrest or recovery of evidence that solves a crime.'' Pendleton was never arrested in the case.