PAXTON - A Ford County man was sentenced to 73 years in prison Monday for shooting his estranged wife and killing her boyfriend.
Ford County Circuit Judge Don Bernardi sentenced 44-year-old David Hari, formerly of Paxton, to 48 years for his first-degree murder conviction and 25 years for attempted murder, State's Attorney Tony Lee said.
A jury in April found Hari guilty of the Feb. 10, 2002, shootings of Lisa Hari, who was then 36, and Jeffrey Thomas, 39, both of Paxton. Thomas died three days later, but Lisa Hari survived despite being shot three times, including once in the head.
Monday's sentence was identical to the one imposed after Hari's initial conviction, in 2003.
The Illinois Supreme Court in 2006 overturned that conviction, saying the judge who presided over Hari's first trial was wrong to bar the jury from considering his testimony about the mix of sinus medication and antidepressants he was taking at the time of the shooting. Hari claimed he was involuntarily intoxicated by the mixture.
Judge Bernardi on Monday also denied a motion filed by Hari for a new trial, Lee said.
A message could not be left after business hours Monday for Hari's attorney, Ford County Assistant Public Defender David Rumley.
Ford County Assistant Public Defender David
Rumley worked to convince jurors the events that took place at the home Lisa Hari and Thomas shared in Paxton were "disorderly" rather than "premeditated." Both victims had been shot with a .22-caliber rifle, and Thomas was found in the street and Lisa Hari in a bathroom inside the home.