EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.—A man who successfully appealed his 50-year prison sentence on grounds his punishment in the slaying of a woman known as “Rappin’ Grandma” wasn’t enough lost his gamble.
A judge in Madison County sentenced 48-year-old Brian Gary on Friday to life in prison in the 2006 killing of Carol Newby in her Granite City home. Gary had hoped having his case reheard would net a shorter sentence.
Gary previously pleaded guilty to the murder and was sentenced to 50 years in prison. But on appeal, he successfully argued his sentence was invalid because he should have received habitual criminal classification that would have drawn a life sentence.
Sixty-year-old Newby was known around Granite City as the “Rappin’ Grandma” for her gospel rap songs she wrote and performed in churches.