Bloomington woman sentenced for murder of mother-in-law

By Beau Ebenezer

Bloomington woman sentenced for murder of mother-in-law

March 1, 2013 Updated Mar 1, 2013 at 6:51 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON Ill -- A Bloomington woman convicted of strangling her mother-in-law was sentenced to 55 years in prison Friday afternoon.

46-year-old Misook Wang Nowlin was convicted in December in the death of Wenlen Tyda.

Wang admitted luring the woman to Bloomington and burying her body in a forest preserve.

Tyda's body was located in Will County weeks after authorities questioned Nowlin.

The court shot down Nowlin's previous claim of self defense because the murder was planned and the death was later concealed.

"I think he looked at how she is going to be 100 years old or more by the time she gets out, so I think that is one of the factors the court looks at," said assistant state's attorney, Bill Workman.

"It is somewhat what we expected, unfortunately," said assistant public defender, Brian McEldowney. "We were hoping for a much lesser sentence. I think the judge articulated well the reasons for his ruling, but we were very disappointed."

Nowlin's attorney says they will file a motion to reconsider the ruling in the next month or two.

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