Belleville man sentenced after wife killed during home invasion

Belleville man sentenced after wife killed during home invasion

Garfield Fenton was convicted Friday but John Cole still awaits trial

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 7 at 9:20 AM

BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- A southwestern Illinois man will be sentenced next month after being convicted in the stabbing death of his estranged wife during a home invasion that also injured the woman’s boyfriend.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports a St. Clair County judge convicted 24-year-old John Cole of Belleville of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder. He was convicted Thursday.

Authorities say LeNae Cole was stabbed 33 times during the July 2012 attack in her Belleville apartment. Her boyfriend was also stabbed but survived.

LaNae Cole had filed for divorce a month before the killing and had a protection order against John Cole.

John Cole’s cousin Garfield Fenton was convicted of murder and attempted murder last year in the attack and is serving a 30-year sentence.

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