In Saline County, a man originally ordered to spend two decades in prison in the killing of his girlfriend's 4-year-old daughter will instead spend the rest of his life behind bars.
36-six-year-old Richard Turner II of Eldorado was sentenced yesterday in court, he was convicted in March in the killing of Jessika James in 2010. Turner was dating James’ mother at the time.
Turner had pleaded guilty last year to second-degree murder in James' case and an unrelated sexual-assault count, and he was sentenced to two concurrent sentences of roughly 20 years.
But Illinois law didn't allow those sentences to be served at the same time, and Turner was given the option of serving 42 years or withdrawing his guilty pleas.
Turner decided to undergo a new trial and was convicted last spring of first-degree murder.