Illinois man gets 55 years in prison for killing his mother
URBANA, Ill. – A Champaign, Illinois, man who pleaded guilty to murdering his mother in their home has been sentenced to 55 years in prison.
Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd sentenced 41-year-old Richard Stover on Wednesday for the Dec. 29, 2017, strangulation death of 60-year-old Betty Jo Stover.
Ladd told the court Stover killed his mother “for no reason other than he was frustrated with her.”
The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that prosecutors had sought a 60-year sentence, while Stover’s public defender recommended a sentence closer to the minimum of 20 years.
Stover pleaded guilty in early May to a single count of first-degree murder. Other counts of murder, robbery to a store near his home that same day, possession of a stolen vehicle, and aggravated fleeing from police were dismissed.
Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com