WJBD Radio

Images

Now Playing

Local News

WJBD - Local News - Man Convicted of New Baden Man's Murder Sentenced

Man Convicted of New Baden Man's Murder Sentenced

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois man convicted of the 2008 shooting death of a New Baden man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison. 

Lortez D. Thomas of Washington Park was found guilty in May in the death of 47-year-old Eric Mollet. However, the St. Clair County jury acquitted Thomas of raping two female witnesses. 

The 35-year-old Thomas maintained his innocence during Thursday's sentencing hearing. He offered condolences to members of Mollet's family, adding he "didn't do this."

However, St. Clair County Circuit Judge Jan Fiss dismissed Thomas' comments, calling the murder of Mollet "cold-blooded" and "despicable."

Prosecutors say Mollet was shot to death in Thomas' home after becoming involved in a fight with Thomas and two other men.  Mollet's body was hidden in a vacant house that was set afire. 

See other LocalNews news:

Effingham Injured in 4-Wheeler Wreck Near Cartter
Police Beat for Saturday, September 20th, 2014
A Member of the Jesse White Tumbling Team Killed
3 Former County Workers Accused of Stealing Funds
Lawmaker Wants Pumpkin to be Official Illinois Pie




This Site logo