Illinois man sentenced to life in killing of pedestrian - KMOV.com

Illinois man sentenced to life in killing of pedestrian

 

SALEM, Ill. (AP) -- A southern Illinois judge has ordered a life sentence without parole for a man who authorities say rammed an unsuspecting pedestrian with his Jeep before raping her and stabbing her to death.

Thirty-year-old Neil Barrall was sentenced this week in Marion County, where he pleaded guilty but mentally ill in July to first-degree murder and criminal sexual assault.

The Centralia Sentinel reports that Barrall agreed to the life sentence.

Authorities believe Barrall killed Michelle Cavaletto randomly in October 2007 while the first-grade teacher was walking along a rural road not far from her home near Walnut Hill.

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Information from: Centralia Sentinel, http://www.morningsentinel.com

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