Illinois man gets 50 years for stabbing woman 50 times - STLtoday.com
I don't know the details of where this crime occurred, either in public (where she could not legally have a gun), or in her home (where maybe she could have owned a gun).Illinois man gets 50 years for stabbing woman 50 times
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — A McLean County judge has sentenced a 47-year-old man from Normal to 50 years in prison for stabbing his former girlfriend more than 50 times.
In handing down the sentence Thursday against Dennis McMillian, Circuit Judge Scott Drazewski rejected defense attorneys' arguments for leniency, which were based on McMillian's long history of alcohol abuse and mental health issues. Drazewski told McMillian that not everyone who suffers from post-traumatic stress or bipolar disorder becomes a killer.
McMillian had pleaded guilty one count of first-degree murder in the August 2008 slaying of Angel Neal, 34.
He still faces a charge of aggravated battery for slashing Neal's 16-year-old son when the son tried to protect his mother.
However, having a gun could have given her a chance to live.
Edit: did some more research and found the stabbing occurred at their home. They were living together. Here is something else interesting I found:http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local...cc4c03286.htmlThe defense argued that Neal's motion to dismiss an order of protection against McMillian days before the attack was proof she wanted to stay together. He was staying at her apartment at the time of the killing.
Apparently she didn't know him as well as she thought she did.