Judge denies motion to reconsider 60 year prison sentence

By Beau Ebenezer

Judge denies motion to reconsider 60 year prison sentence

May 6, 2014 Updated May 6, 2014 at 10:41 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A motion to reconsider a Peoria man's 60-year prison sentence was denied.

In September, 25-year-old Cortez Williams shot and killed Melvin Sanders Jr. outside a house on Stanley Street in Peoria.

A jury found Williams guilty of the murder in April.

Last week, Judge Kevin Lyons sentenced him to 60 years in prison.

But Williams still claims it was self defense.

Williams said he saw the victim reach into his jacket, possibly to pull a weapon.

Tuesday, a motion to reconsider the sentence was denied.

Next month, Williams will be in court again for possessing a firearm as a felon in the September shooting.

A scheduling conference is scheduled for June 19th.

A trial is set for June 30th.

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