BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KSDK) – Judge John Baricevic sentenced a 25-year-old man to more than 50 years in prison for a 2012 murder.
John Cole will received 41 years and 12 years, which will be served consecutively, for the first-degree murder of Le'Nae Cole and the attempted first-degree murder of Xzavion O'Neal, according to court documents.
Judge Baricevic found Cole guilty during his February bench trial.
According to court documents, Cole and co-defendant, Garfield Fenton, stabbed ex-wife Le'Nae Cole 33 times while their children were in the next room. O'Neal was stabbed 17 times.