Williams resentenced for 1994 Belleville slaying

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Williams resentenced for 1994 Belleville slaying

Post  Jennie on Fri Jun 20, 2008 11:40 am

A St. Clair County judge has ordered a former death-row inmate to spend life in prison without parole for the 1994 killing of a Belleville convenience store clerk.

Circuit Judge John Baricevic resentenced 32-year-old Bobby Williams on Wednesday for the slaying of Sharon Bushong.

Williams was convicted of 1st-degree murder in 1996 and was given the death sentence.

That was later overturned by a higher court, and the case was sent back to St. Clair County after former Governor George Ryan commuted the death sentence of inmates on Illinois' death row.

The 32-year-old maintains his innocence and his lawyers say they will appeal Wednesday's ruling.

(source: Associated Press)
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