Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky used in this report.
Murderers convicted in Illinois will no longer be sentenced to death row as the state ban on capital punishment takes effect Friday.
It won't remain in place long if Republican Representative Dennis Reboletti of Elmhurst has his way.
Reboletti says he will try pass a law reinstating the death penalty.
Updated 1:49 p.m. with sentence decision:
Christopher Coleman has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
At 1 p.m. today, Circuit Judge Milton Wharton will decide the fate of Christopher Coleman, the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
The Missouri Supreme Court has affirmed the murder conviction for Gregory Bowman, but reversed the sentence that put him on death row.
The court ruled today that St. Louis County jurors should not have heard about Bowman's two prior murder convictions during sentencing because those convictions were overturned.
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