UPDATE: Man loses bid for reduced sentence for murder

UPDATED Tuesday, January 7, 2014 --- 4:27 p.m.

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) -- A Lake County judge has denied a motion seeking to reduce the 105-year prison sentence given a Wisconsin man convicted of a 2007 murder and attempted murder.

Prosecutors said 30-year-old Montago Suggs of Kenosha desperately needed money when he entered a Waukegan check cashing store, confronted 22-year-old Melinda Morrell, and demanded a key to cash drawers. Prosecutors said Suggs later shot Morrell execution-style in the back of the head.

Judge Daniel Shanes last year sentenced Suggs to 80 years in prison for the slaying and 30 years for the attempted murder. The sentences are consecutive.

The Daily Herald in Arlington Heights reports defense attorney Keith Grant filed a motion Tuesday to reconsider the sentence. Shanes' denial allows Suggs to appeal the conviction and sentencing with the state appellate court.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted Wednesday, December 11, 2013 --- 9:08 a.m.

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) -- A Wisconsin man was sentenced to more than 100 years in prison for the execution-style slaying of a northern Illinois store clerk.

Montago Suggs was sentenced Tuesday for the 2007 death of Melinda Morrell at a Waukegan check-cashing store.

The 29-year-old Kenosha man was convicted of first-degree murder in September and sentenced to 80 years in prison for the slaying. He was also convicted of attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery in a separate case and sentenced to 30 years behind bars. The sentences are consecutive.

Lake County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Shanes said he wanted Suggs to "spend the rest of your days in prison" for the attacks.

Suggs maintains his innocence and his lawyers say they'll appeal the case.

Waukegan is about 30 miles north of Chicago.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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