Judge: East St. Louis man must serve all of 50-year murder sentence

News-DemocratJanuary 24, 2014 

A 28-year-old East St. Louis man who was convicted of first-degree murder was sentenced Friday to 50 years in state prison.

Ramos L. Sanders Jr., of 2619 Louisiana Blvd., was convicted in the shooting death of 35-year-old Edward Austin that occurred on Dec. 24, 2011, in Washington Park.

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida also ordered that Sanders serve 100 percent of his time in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Sanders shot Austin in his head and body.

Austin was found at his home on North 49th Street in Washington Park after police received a burglary call.

Haida also denied an attempt by Sanders' attorney to have his sentence commuted to time served if he was accepted into and successfully completed the impact incarceration program.

Sanders, who has been jailed since 2011, will get time served, according to Haida's order.

Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.

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