MADISON COUNTY, Ill — An Alton man was sentenced on Friday for the murder of Derrance Taylor in 2017.

Cameron Matlock, who was found guilty of first-degree murder, was sentenced to 80 years in prison.

Taylor was found shot to death on Mother's Day in 2017, on Union Street in Alton.

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The Madison County State's Attorney Office said in a release that Matlock had prior criminal convictions - for mob action in 2019 and for possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of a weapon in 2014.

The attorney's office said Matlock was on federal parole when he shot and killed Taylor.

Taylor's family read a victim impact statement before Matlock was given his sentence.

“Your heinous and selfish act, Mr. Matlock, has sentenced this family to a life of grief and pain that will continue to haunt us for generations,” said Taylor’s father, David Taylor Sr.

The case was prosecuted through the State's Attorney's Office's Violent Crimes Unit.

“While we can never make the family’s suffering go away, I hope there is comfort knowing this person will be behind bars for what is essentially a life sentence,” said State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons.

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