Illinois Man Gets Sixty Years in Motel KillingBELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison in the 2008 tire-iron beating death of a woman in a motel.
Twenty-seven-year-old Santoin Russell was convicted in July of first-degree murder. He was among three people accused in the death of 29-year-old Karinina Polk, whose body was found in a Fairmont City motel. Authorities say the tire iron used to bludgeon her was jammed down her throat. A prosecutor said the victim owed Russell $1,000 for drugs.
Another defendant, Kendra Merideth, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. Authorities contend she held Polk's legs during the attack. Terryon Triplett has pleaded guilty in the case and is serving a 20-year sentence.
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