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Glen Carbon man sentenced for killing house guest who confronted him about beating his wife

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A Madison County judge sentenced 48-year-old Steven McGauley on Friday for killing the man who confronted him about beating his wife.

McGauley, of Glen Carbon, was given 60 years in prison, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. He was found guilty of first-degree murder and domestic battery in February after an eight-day jury trial, court records show.

A witness told police that McGauley shot 43-year-old Steven Flack, of Belleville, in the chest several times with his revolver on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, according to a police affidavit. Police say Flack had confronted McGauley about beating his wife that day.

Flack was staying with the McGauleys for the weekend. The shooting followed a fistfight between the men, the witness said.

The witness told police that after it happened, McGauley said, “I’m going to jail for a long time.”

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The metro-east is home for investigative reporter Lexi Cortes. She was raised in Granite City, went to school in Edwardsville and now lives in Collinsville. Lexi has worked at the Belleville News-Democrat since 2014, winning multiple state awards for her investigative and community service reporting.

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