Crime

Convicted murderer appeals sentence, says 100 years is excessive

A man sentenced to a century in prison for murdering his girlfriend is appealing his sentence.

Cory Osborne, 32, formerly of Granite City, was found guilty of first-degree murder in March. The jury deliberated three-and-a-half hours before finding him guilty of killing his girlfriend, Stacie Williams.

Williams, 35, was found slumped over the wheel of her running car in a Granite City vacant lot in February 2015. She died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

During the trial, it was revealed that Osborne and Williams had been living together with her three daughters. Osborne had a pending misdemeanor charge of domestic battery against him at the time, and Williams was trying to end the relationship, according to news reports.

A few minutes after Williams said she wanted to break up, Osborne did Internet searches on whether a .22 caliber shot to the head would kill a person, and “do you need to have a gun to be arrested for murder?”

Osborne’s bail was revoked after the verdict, and he was taken into custody at the Madison County Jail. Earlier this month Madison County Circuit Judge Kyle Napp sentenced him to 100 years in prison, of which he would have to serve 100 percent.

According to filings in Madison County courts, Osborne wants the court to reconsider his sentence. He alleges that the court gave undue weight to aggravating factors and not enough weight to factors in mitigation, and that the sentence was excessive.

The filings have been sent to the state’s attorney’s office and the court, according to the docket. No court date has yet been set.

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald

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