EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KSDK) - One of two men tied to the 2013 murder and dismemberment of an Alton, Illinois woman pleaded guilty, the Madison County State's Attorney's Office said Monday.
According to prosecutors, the body of 30-year-old Courtney Coats was found near the Joe Page Bridge in East Hardin, Illinois in late 2013. She had been reported missing on November 25, 2013. Investigators determined she was murdered in Madison County and eventually charged her boyfriend, 29-year-old Patrick Chase, and Chase's friend, 31-year-old Brandon Chittum.
Chase and Coats got into an argument on November 23, 2013, culminating in a violent episode, and Coats' death.
Chase pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and dismemberment of a human body.
In exchange for his plea, Chase was sentenced to 45 years in prison on the murder charge, and 20 years for dismemberment. He must serve the entire 45 years and at least half of the 20-year sentence. The prison terms will run consecutively, meaning Chase will be eligible for release in 55 years.
Meanwhile, Chittum's trial is still pending.