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Ill. man sentenced to prison in killing of clerk

April 30, 2014

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois man has been ordered to spend more than three decades in prison in the 2007 shooting death of a Washington Park store clerk and the wounding of his brother during a botched robbery.

A St. Clair County judge sentenced 28-year-old Harold Ivy of Washington Park to 37 years in prison but credited him with seven years he’s spent jailed.

Ivy pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Loai Motan. Motan’s brother was shot in the leg during the robbery.

Ivy was also wounded while exchanging gunfire with Loai Motan.

Ivy apologized to the Motan family during his sentencing hearing.

Prosecutors had sought the maximum sentence of 60 years in prison for Ivy, while Ivy’s attorney asked for the minimum sentence of 20 years.

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