Man who killed his mother will serve extended prison term


URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - A Champaign man will be sentenced for strangling his mother to death.

41-year-old Richard Stover will most likely spend the rest of his life behind bars, because he faces an extended tern of 60 to 100 years in prison to be served at 100 percent. That extended term is due to the fact that the victim, his mother Betty Stover, was over the age of 60 years old.

Stover pleaded guilty to murdering Stover on Dec. 29 in the home they shared in the 1800 block of Sangamon Dr.

Stover had been convicted for multiple felonies before.

Sentencing is set for June 27.

Several other counts of first degree murder and a count alleging Stover robbed a Walgreens that same day were dropped in exchange for his guilty plea.

Stover was arrested after the murder and robbery when he lead police on a chase that ended near Mahomet-Seymour High School.

Mrs. Stover was found on the floor of her home, covered with a blanket. Stover admitted to using money from the Walgreens robbery to buy crack cocaine. He used the drugs at the home before killing his mother.

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