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Government rests case in WCC beating trial

Government rests case in WCC beating trial

1 month, 1 week ago by Scott Hardy

Todd Sheffler of Mendon being re-tried in Federal court in Springfield

The government has rested its' case in the re-trial of a former prison guard at the Western Illinois Correctional Center in Mt. Sterling, whose case had ended in a mistrial after being accused of fatally beating an inmate in 2018.

Prosecutors rested their case Thursday against Todd Sheffler of Mendon, who's being tried in US District Court in Springfield. Sheffler faces counts of Conspiracy to deprive civil rights, Deprivation of civil rights, conspiracy to engage in misleading conduct, and two counts of obstruction of justice. A second defendant, Alex Banta, of Quincy, has been found Guilty on similar charges. Banta was convicted for taking part in the brutal beating of 65-year-old Larry Earvin, who died of his injuries a month later later. Banta could face up to life in prison when he's sentenced September 20th. A third defendant, Willie Hedden of Mount Sterling, has pleaded Guilty to similar counts.

Hedden is set to be sentenced October 21st, and could also get up to life in prison.

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