courtesy of sister station WFIW/WOKZ News’ Jeff Vaughan
40-year-old Ray E. Tate was sentenced to natural life in prison without parole today in Wayne County Circuit Court. He pleaded guilty last month to the first-degree murder of Wayne County Deputy Sean Riley, who was operating in the course of his official duties.
Before the sentence was announced, Hoffee also claimed a term of natural life in prison violates the Constitution and Illinois law, as it is not intended to re-integrate the defendant into society. Judge Molt read Tate his appeal rights, saying any appeal must be filed in a written motion to a trial court within 30 days if he wishes to appeal. The sentence is to take effect immediately, and Tate was remanded to Jefferson County officials for transport.